The Dark Theatre

The Dark Theatre
Author: Alan Read
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2020-05-11
ISBN 10: 1000052230
ISBN 13: 9781000052237
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Theatre Book Review:

The Dark Theatre is an indispensable text for activist communities wondering what theatre might have to do with their futures, students and scholars across Theatre and Performance Studies, Urban Studies, Cultural Studies, Political Economy and Social Ecology. The Dark Theatre returns to the bankrupted warehouse in Hope (Sufferance) Wharf in London’s Docklands where Alan Read worked through the 1980s to identify a four-decade interregnum of ‘cultural cruelty’ wreaked by financialisation, austerity and communicative capitalism. Between the OPEC Oil Embargo and the first screening of The Family in 1974, to the United Nations report on UK poverty and the fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, this volume becomes a book about loss. In the harsh light of such loss is there an alternative to the market that profits from peddling ‘well-being’ and pushes prescriptions for ‘self-help’, any role for the arts that is not an apologia for injustice? What if culture were not the solution but the problem when it comes to the mitigation of grief? Creativity not the remedy but the symptom of a structural malaise called inequality? Read suggests performance is no longer a political panacea for the precarious subject but a loss adjustor measuring damages suffered, compensations due, wrongs that demand to be put right. These field notes from a fire sale are a call for angry arts of advocacy representing those abandoned as the detritus of cultural authority, second-order victims whose crime is to have appealed for help from those looking on, audiences of sorts.

The Big Secret Book

The Big Secret Book
Author: Denise Clarke
Publsiher: Artist Survival Activity
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2018-11-15
ISBN 10: 9781988824116
ISBN 13: 1988824117
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Big Secret Book Book Review:

The Big Secret Book is a book that fascinates, motivates, and initiates creative abilities in performance creation. Written by Denise Clarke, director of One Yellow Rabbit Summer Lab Intensive, each chapter highlights aspects of the master class, guiding reader/participants through techniques that enhance performance creation skills. Through stories and sidebar case studies, The Big Secret Book is a unique way to actively understand and develop performance theatre.

Theatre of the Unimpressed

Theatre of the Unimpressed
Author: Jordan Tannahill
Publsiher: Coach House Books
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2015-05-11
ISBN 10: 177056411X
ISBN 13: 9781770564114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre of the Unimpressed Book Review:

How dull plays are killing theatre and what we can do about it. Had I become disenchanted with the form I had once fallen so madly in love with as a pubescent, pimple-faced suburban homo with braces? Maybe theatre was like an all-consuming high school infatuation that now, ten years later, I saw as the closeted balding guy with a beer gut he’d become. There were of course those rare moments of transcendencethat kept me coming back. But why did they come so few and far between? A lot of plays are dull. And one dull play, it seems, can turn us off theatre for good. Playwright and theatre director Jordan Tannahill takes in the spectrum of English-language drama – from the flashiest of Broadway spectacles to productions mounted in scrappy storefront theatres – to consider where lifeless plays come from and why they persist. Having travelled the globe talking to theatre artists, critics, passionate patrons and the theatrically disillusioned, Tannahill addresses what he considers the culture of ‘risk aversion’ paralyzing the form. Theatre of the Unimpressed is Tannahill’s wry and revelatory personal reckoning with the discipline he’s dedicated his life to, and a roadmap for a vital twenty-first-century theatre – one that apprehends the value of ‘liveness’ in our mediated age and the necessity for artistic risk and its attendant failures. In considering dramaturgy, programming and alternative models for producing, Tannahill aims to turn theatre from an obligation to a destination. ‘[Tannahill is] the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom "interdisciplinary" is not a buzzword, but a way of life.’ —J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail ‘Jordan is one of the most talented and exciting playwrights in the country, and he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.’ —Nicolas Billon, Governor General's Award–winning playwright (Fault Lines)

The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre

The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre
Author: Scott Graham,Steven Hoggett
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2014-07-25
ISBN 10: 1317667271
ISBN 13: 9781317667278
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre Book Review:

‘This is a close companion to Frantic Assembly’s practice and one that is written with an open and engaging, even disarming, tone ... A rich, rewarding and compelling text.’ Stuart Andrews, University of Surrey As Frantic Assembly move into their twentieth year of producing innovative and adventurous theatre, this new edition of their well-loved book demystifies the process of devising theatre in an unusually candid way. Artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett offer an intimate and invaluable insight into their evolution and success, in the hope that sharing their experiences of devising theatre will encourage and inspire students and fellow practitioners. The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre is a uniquely personal account of the history and practice of this remarkable company, and includes: · practical exercises · essays on devising, writing and choreography · suggestions for scene development · a 16-page colour section, and illustrations throughout · a companion website featuring clips of rehearsals and performances. This is an accessible, educational and indispensable introduction to the working processes of Frantic Assembly, whose playful, intelligent and dynamic productions continue to be acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 720
Release: 2010-02-23
ISBN 10: 1407016458
ISBN 13: 9781407016450
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Of Human Bondage Book Review:

A masterpiece of modern literature that mirrors Maugham’s own career. Of Human Bondage is the first and most autobiographical of Maugham's novels. It is the story of Philip Carey, an orphan eager for life, love and adventure. After a few months studying in Heidelberg, and a brief spell in Paris as a would-be artist, Philip settles in London to train as a doctor. And that is where he meets Mildred, the loud but irresistible waitress with whom he plunges into a formative, tortured and masochistic affair which very nearly ruins him.

New Theatre Quarterly 61 Volume 16 Part 1

New Theatre Quarterly 61  Volume 16  Part 1
Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2000-02-24
ISBN 10: 9780521789011
ISBN 13: 052178901X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

New Theatre Quarterly 61 Volume 16 Part 1 Book Review:

Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet.

Theatre and Nation

Theatre and Nation
Author: Nadine Holdsworth,Nicholas Hytner
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2010-06-30
ISBN 10: 113701377X
ISBN 13: 9781137013774
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre and Nation Book Review:

How has theatre engaged with the nation-state and helped to formulate national identities? What impact have migration and globalisation had on the relationship between theatre and nation? Theatre & Nation explores how theatre institutions, playwrights, theatre-makers and performance artists engage with the nation, nationalism and national identity in their work. The book argues that theatrical representations of the nation are constantly in flux and that the way theatre engages with the nation changes according to different geographical, political, economic, social and cultural circumstances. Foreword by Nicholas Hytner.

Australian Theatre After the New Wave

Australian Theatre After the New Wave
Author: Julian Meyrick
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 9004339892
ISBN 13: 9789004339897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Sacred Theatre

Sacred Theatre
Author: Ralph Yarrow,Franc Chamberlain
Publsiher: Intellect Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1841501530
ISBN 13: 9781841501536
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sacred Theatre Book Review:

The contributors awareness of the innate ambiguity of the terms sacred and performance provides an animated discussion of their relationship, including a variety of differing critical responses to an array of plays, texts and performances. The book examines not only the structural understandings and functions of the sacred in theatre, but also experimental and personal experiences. Sacred Theatre examines both theatrical and more multi-disciplinary approaches to the sacred, offering stimulation for discussion within performance and theatre teaching.

Women Theatre and Performance

Women  Theatre and Performance
Author: Kate Dorney,Maggie B B. Gale,Maggie Barbara Gale,Viv Gardner
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780719057137
ISBN 13: 0719057132
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women Theatre and Performance Book Review:

This collection addresses key questions in women's theatre history and retrieves a number of previously "hidden" histories of women performers. The essays range across the past 300 years--topics covered include Susanna Centlivre and the notion of intertheatricality; gender and theatrical space; the repositioning of women performers such as Wagner's Muse, Willhelmina Schröder-Devrient, the Comédie Français' "Mademoiselle Mars," Mme. Arnould-Plessey, and the actresses of the Russian serf theatre.

Trends in Contemporary Assamese Theatre

Trends in Contemporary Assamese Theatre
Author: Namrata Pathak
Publsiher: Partridge Publishing
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2015-03-27
ISBN 10: 1482846543
ISBN 13: 9781482846546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trends in Contemporary Assamese Theatre Book Review:

It is the very nature of representation to be theatrical and self-referential. This book undercuts the fact that all representational knowledge is autonomous and sovereign. At times, theatrical representations can misguide and mislead. Representation can also ineluctably project ones own preferences and preoccupations. Thus, representation and subjective interpretation divulge into myriad domains. This book is concerned with the effects and consequences of representation and its politics. This book examines not only how language as well as representation produce meaning, but also how discursive knowledge connected to power regulates, conducts, and constructs identities and defines the way certain things are thought about practices and are studied. The book takes note of the fact that within the framework of performance, a performative subject does not wear a coherent identity as it is fragmented, decentered, simulated and is unstable, while being both virtual as well as actual. In the field of semiotics, theatre is historically and reciprocally affected by practice, especially within contingent conditions of time. In theatre semiotics, the new image of knowledge is that of turbulence. Here, knowledge is not so much a system as it is a confluence. Carrying this stance further we can say that contemporary Assamese theatre is characterised by shifting counter-voices and sub-textual underpinnings. This act forces reading into two directions: dialogic openness and variability of meaning that question the theatre directors as the only ones who know.

British Asian Theatre

British Asian Theatre
Author: Dominic Hingorani
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2010-10-06
ISBN 10: 1350316598
ISBN 13: 9781350316591
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Asian Theatre Book Review:

This highly accessible and original introduction to British-Asian theatre explores the creativity, innovation and diversity of major British-Asian theatre companies. Including coverage of Tara Arts, Tamasha and Kali theatre companies, as well as important writers such as Hanif Kureishi and Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, the book analyses the dramaturgy, cultural and political contexts and critical receptions that have informed major productions. Complete with plot summaries and illustrated throughout, the text explores the extraordinary contribution that British-Asian theatre has made to the British stage over the past thirty years.

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
Author: Don Rubin,Carlos Solorzano
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2013-10-08
ISBN 10: 1136359214
ISBN 13: 9781136359217
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre Book Review:

This new in paperback edition of World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre covers the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, including the United States. Entries on twenty six countries are preceded by specialist introductions on Theatre in Post-Colonial Latin America, Theatres of North America, Puppet Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Music Theatre and Dance Theatre. The essays follow the series format, allowing for cross-referring across subjects, both within the volume and between volumes. Each country entry is written by specialists in the particular country and the volume has its own teams of regional editors, overseen by the main editorial team based at the University of York in Canada headed by Don Rubin. Each entry covers all aspects of theatre genres, practitioners, writers, critics and styles, with bibliographies, over 200 black & white photographs and a substantial index. This Encyclopedia is indispensable for anyone interested in the cultures of the Americas or in modern theatre. It is also an invaluable reference tool for students and scholars of a wide range of disciplines including history, performance studies, anthropology and cultural studies.

Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre and Performance

Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre and Performance
Author: Jaye T. Darby,Courtney Elkin Mohler,Christy Stanlake
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2020-02-06
ISBN 10: 1350035076
ISBN 13: 9781350035072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Critical Companion to Native American and First Nations Theatre and Performance Book Review:

This foundational study offers an accessible introduction to Native American and First Nations theatre by drawing on critical Indigenous and dramaturgical frameworks. It is the first major survey book to introduce Native artists, plays, and theatres within their cultural, aesthetic, spiritual, and socio-political contexts. Native American and First Nations theatre weaves the spiritual and aesthetic traditions of Native cultures into diverse, dynamic, contemporary plays that enact Indigenous human rights through the plays' visionary styles of dramaturgy and performance. The book begins by introducing readers to historical and cultural contexts helpful for reading Native American and First Nations drama, followed by an overview of Indigenous plays and theatre artists from across the century. Finally, it points forward to the ways in which Native American and First Nations theatre artists are continuing to create works that advocate for human rights through transformative Native performance practices. Addressing the complexities of this dynamic field, this volume offers critical grounding in the historical development of Indigenous theatre in North America, while analysing key Native plays and performance traditions from the mainland United States and Canada. In surveying Native theatre from the late 19th century until today, the authors explore the cultural, aesthetic, and spiritual concerns, as well as the political and revitalization efforts of Indigenous peoples. This book frames the major themes of the genre and identifies how such themes are present in the dramaturgy, rehearsal practices, and performance histories of key Native scripts.

Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre

Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre
Author: Frances Babbage
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN 10: 1472527232
ISBN 13: 9781472527233
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre Book Review:

Why are so many theatre productions adaptations of one kind or another? Why do contemporary practitioners turn so frequently to non-dramatic texts for inspiration? This study explores the fascination of novels, short stories, children's books and autobiographies for theatre makers and examines what 'becomes' of literary texts when these are filtered into contemporary practice that includes physical theatre, multimedia performance, puppetry, immersive and site-specific performance and live art. In Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre, Frances Babbage offers a series of fresh critical perspectives on the theory of adaptation in theatre-making, focusing on meditations of prose literature within contemporary performance. Individual chapters explore the significance and impact of books as physical objects within productions; the relationship between the dramatic adaptation and literary edition; storytelling on the page and in performance; literary space and theatrical space; and prose fiction reframed as 'found text' in contemporary theatre and live art. Case studies are drawn from internationally acclaimed companies including Complicite, Elevator Repair Service, Kneehigh, Forced Entertainment, Gob Squad, Teatro Kismet and Stan's Cafe. Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre is a compelling and provocative resource for anyone interested in the potential and the challenges of using prose literature as material for new theatrical performance.

Theatre and Prison

Theatre and Prison
Author: Caoimhe McAvinchey
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2018-03-17
ISBN 10: 0230344682
ISBN 13: 9780230344686
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre and Prison Book Review:

Theatre and Prison investigates how theatre-makers stage critical questions about the use of prison in society. Using examples from popular culture, dramatic texts and applied theatre it analyses how theatre and performance reveals economies of punishment, affects penal reform and both challenges and participates in narratives of reformation.

Theatre in the Expanded Field

Theatre in the Expanded Field
Author: Alan Read
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-12-05
ISBN 10: 1408183412
ISBN 13: 9781408183410
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre in the Expanded Field Book Review:

Theatre in the Expanded Field is a fiercely original, bold and daring exploration of the fields of theatre and performance studies and the received narratives and histories that underpin them. Rich with interdisciplinary reference, international, eclectic and broad-ranging in its examples, it offers readers a compelling and provocative reassessment of the disciplines, one that spans pre-history to the present day. Sixty years ago, in 1962, Richard Southern wrote a remarkable book called The Seven Ages of the Theatre. It was unusual in its time for taking a trans-disciplinary, new-historical and avowedly internationalist approach to its subject - nothing less than a totalizing view of its field. Theatre in the Expanded Field does not attempt to mimic Southern's work but rather takes his spirit of adventure and ambition as its frame for the contemporary moment of performance and its diverse pasts. Identifying seven ways of exploring the performance field, from pre-history to postdramatic theatre the book presents studies of both contemporary and historical works not as a chronological succession, but in keeping with their coeval qualities, as movements or 'generations' of connection and interaction, dissensus and interruption. It does this with the same purpose as Richard Southern's original work: to provide for the planning of responsive performance spaces 'now'. Illustrated throughout with line-drawings, Theatre in the Expanded Field is as richly rewarding as it is ambitious and expansive in it vision.

Theatre and Performance in East Africa

Theatre and Performance in East Africa
Author: Osita Okagbue,Samuel Kasule
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2021-03-23
ISBN 10: 1351996169
ISBN 13: 9781351996167
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Theatre and Performance in East Africa Book Review:

Theatre and Performance in East Africa looks at indigenous performances to unearth the aesthetic principles, sensibilities and critical framework that underpin African performance and theatre. The book develops new paradigms for thinking about African performance in general through the construction of a critical framework that addresses questions concerning performance particularities and coherences, challenging previous understandings. To this end, it establishes a common critical and theoretical framework for indigenous performance using case studies from East Africa that are also reflected elsewhere in the continent. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of theatre and performance, especially those with an interest in the close relationship between theatre and performance with culture.

Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning

Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning
Author: Lisa A. Kramer,Judy Freedman Fask
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2016-12-22
ISBN 10: 113759926X
ISBN 13: 9781137599261
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning Book Review:

Winner of the 2018 AATE Distinguished Book Award! In this book, the authors share stories of creative, community based collaborations to illustrate how educators can use the arts to expand creative thinking and promote social justice beyond the classroom. Using their work in theatre classrooms as a central point, examples of innovative, inclusive programs designed to inspire learning for people of diverse abilities are presented. Through this examination, Kramer and Fask reveal the excitement, challenges, and unexpected surprises that come along with implementing a creative approach to learning.

Theatre

Theatre
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1972
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: MINN:319510019182266
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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