New Perspectives on Home: Simon Stephens and Authorship in British Theatre. / Love, Catherine.

In: Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 26, No. 3, 22.09.2016, p. 319-327.

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New Perspectives on Home: Simon Stephens and Authorship in British Theatre. / Love, Catherine.

In: Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 26, No. 3, 22.09.2016, p. 319-327.

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