cultural politics are redundant exercises in the economics of public life

The chief thing for us to do is to start creating real alternatives in popular theatre to the community theatres and the shopping centres which reflect, not the spiritual power, but the moral stupour of our cultural explosion. I am thinking of regional centres, widely recruited audiences, in collaboration with scholars, churches, unions, industry, workshops, critiques, lectures, tours, youth conferences – a full public life growing around a substantial repertoire.

– Herbert Blau, in The Impossible Theatre: A Manifesto, 1964