Devising Theatre with Stan’s Cafe

Author: Mark Crossley,James Yarker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474267068
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 280
View: 3184
Since it was founded in 1991, British theatre company Stan's Cafe has garnered an international reputation for artistic innovation, and prolific, eclectic performance projects. Their work has toured nationally and internationally, with 2003's Of All The People In All The World having been performed in over fifty cities around the world. Embracing site-specific, immersive, durational, non-text-based as well as scripted work, Stan's Cafe's portfolio defies simple categorization. Running through all their work however is a collaborative devising process that champions a playful experimentation with form. Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe reveals and reflects on their theatre-making process, providing an illuminating and accessible account of their work and the approaches, techniques and philosophies which underpin and inspire it. Co-authored by artistic director James Yarker and Dr Mark Crossley, the book is places their work within wider context of contemporary theatre and is the perfect companion to anyone looking to make their own original theatre or performance work. For theatre students, fans and theatre-makers, Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe is an inspiring account and practical guide to contemporary performance practice.

Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre

Politics, Affect, Responsibility
Author: Marissia Fragkou
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474267157
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 248
View: 2997
Presenting a rigorous critical investigation of the reinvigoration of the political in contemporary British theatre, Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre provides a fresh understanding of how theatre has engaged with precarity, affect, risk, intimacy, care and relationality in recent times. The study makes a compelling case for reading precarity as a 'sticky' theatrical trope which carries the potential to re-animate our understanding of identity politics and responsibility for the lives of Others in an age of uncertainty. Approaching precarity as an ecology cutting across various practices, themes and aesthetics, the book features a comprehensive selection of theatre examples staged in the UK since the 1990s. Works by debbie tucker green, Alistair McDowall, Complicite, Simon Stephens, Stan's Cafe, Mike Bartlett, Caryl Churchill, The Paper Birds, and Belarus Free Theatre are put in dialogue with interdisciplinary feminist vocabularies developed by Judith Butler, Sara Ahmed, Lauren Berlant and Isabell Lorey. In focusing on areas such as children and youth at risk, human rights, environmental ethics and the politics of debt, the study makes a vital contribution to the burgeoning field of politics and theatre in the 21st century.

Theatre and Education

Author: Helen Nicholson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230364640
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 80
View: 5102
What motivates theatre-makers who work in education? How can theatre respond to young people's experiences of living in a globalised world? Theatre& Education provides an insight into the energy, passion and values that have inspired the most inventive theatre-makers who work with young people in educational settings. It charts early debates that motivated twentieth-century radical theatre-makers to work with young people, and offers an analysis of contemporary practices. It argues that the aesthetic principles and educational ideals that inform theatre and education drive at the heart of why theatre matters. Foreword by Edward Bond

Postdramatic Theatre

Author: Hans-Thies Lehmann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134496826
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
View: 6387
Newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, this is an excellent translation of Hans-Thies Lehmann’s groundbreaking study of the new theatre forms that have developed since the late 1960s, which has become a key reference point in international discussions of contemporary theatre. In looking at the developments since the late 1960s, Lehmann considers them in relation to dramatic theory and theatre history, as an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies, and as an historical shift from a text-based culture to a new media age of image and sound. Engaging with theoreticians of 'drama' from Aristotle and Brecht, to Barthes and Schechner, the book analyzes the work of recent experimental theatre practitioners such as Robert Wilson, Tadeusz Kantor, Heiner Müller, the Wooster Group, Needcompany and Societas Raffaello Sanzio. Illustrated by a wealth of practical examples, and with an introduction by Karen Jürs-Munby providing useful theoretical and artistic contexts for the book, Postdramatic Theatre is an historical survey expertly combined with a unique theoretical approach which guides the reader through this new theatre landscape.

The Royale

Author: Marco Ramirez
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1783198575
Category: Drama
Page: 136
View: 6635
‘Ain’t about bein’ no Heavyweight Champion of the White World. It’s about bein’ Champion, period.’ 'Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for the ‘Fight of the Century’, The Sport might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion, but at what cost? It’s not just a retired champ he’s facing, it’s ‘The Great White Hope’. In daring to realise his dream, is Jay responsible for putting African American lives in the danger zone? Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who – at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.

Writing for Performance

Author: Anne Harris,Stacy Holman - Jones
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9463005943
Category: Education
Page: 172
View: 846
"The Teaching Writing series publishes user-friendly writing guides penned by authors with publishing records in their subject matter. Harris and Holman Jones offer readers a practical and concise guide to writing a variety of dynamic texts for performance ranging from playscripts to ensemble and multimedia/hybrid works. Writing for Performance is structured around the ‘tools’ of performance writing—words, bodies, spaces, and things. These tools serve as pivots for understanding how writing for performance must be conducted in relation to other people, places, objects, histories, and practices. This book can be used as a primary text in undergraduate and graduate classes in playwriting, theatre, performance studies, and creative writing. It can also be read by ethnographic, arts-based, collaborative and community performance makers who wish to learn the how-to of writing for performance. Teachers and facilitators can use each chapter to take their students through the conceptualizing, writing, and performing/creating process, supported by exemplars and writing exercises and/or prompts so readers can try the form themselves. “What a welcome, insightful and much-needed book. Harris and Holman Jones bring us to an integrated notion of writing that is embodied, felt, breathed and flung from stage to page and back again. Writing for Performance will become a crucial text for the creation of the performance and theater that the 21st Century will need.” – Tim Miller, artist and author of Body Blows: Six Performances and 1001 Beds: Performances, Essays and Travels “No prescriptions here. In the hands of this creative duo we find a deep and abiding respect for the many creative processes that might fuel writing and performance that matters. From the deep wells of their own experiences, Harris and Holman Jones offer exercises that are not meant to mold the would-be writer, but spur them on to recognize their latent writing/performative selves.” – Kathleen Gallagher, Distinguished Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, University of Toronto Anne Harris, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Monash University (Melbourne), and researches in the areas of arts, creativity, performance, and diversity. Stacy Holman Jones, PhD, is Professor in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University (Melbourne) specializing in performance studies, gender and critical theory and critical qualitative methods."

Julius Caesar and Me

Exploring Shakespeare's African Play
Author: Paterson Joseph
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350011207
Category: Drama
Page: 168
View: 9131
'Julius Caesar is, simply, Shakespeare's African play' John Kani In 2012, actor Paterson Joseph played the role of Brutus in the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed production of Julius Caesar - Gregory Doran's last play before becoming Artistic Director for the RSC. It is a play, Joseph is quick to acknowledge, that is widely misunderstood - even dreaded - when it comes to study and performance. Alongside offering fascinating insights into Julius Caesar and Shakespeare's writing, Joseph serves up details of the rehearsal process; his key collaborations during an eclectic career; as well as his experience of working with a majority black cast. He considers the positioning of ethnic minority actors in Shakespeare productions in general, and female actors tackling so seemingly masculine a play in particular. Audience reactions are also investigated by Joseph, citing numerous conversations he has had with psychologists, counsellors and neurologists on the subject of what happens between performer and spectator. For Paterson Joseph, his experience of playing Brutus in Julius Caesar with the RSC was a defining point in his career, and a transformative experience. For any actor or practitioner working on Shakespeare - or for any reader interested in his plays - this is a fascinating and informative read, which unlocks so much about making and understanding theatre from the inside.

Devising Theatre

A Practical and Theoretical Handbook
Author: Alison Oddey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136111964
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 272
View: 1162
Devising Theatre is a practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch. It is the first book to propose a general theory of devised theatre. After identifying the unique nature of this type of performance, the author examines how devised theatre is perceived by professional practitioners, and provides an historical overview illustrating how it has evolved since the 1960s. Alison Oddey examines the particular working practices and products of a number of professional companies, including a Reminiscence theatre for the elderly and a theatre-in-education group, and offers ideas and exercises for exploration and experimentation.

A Practical Guide to Ensemble Devising

Author: Davis Robinson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 113746156X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 192
View: 3471
This comprehensive handbook introduces techniques and exercises for devising theatre as an ensemble. Its clear style makes it an ideal book for students new to devising, while its wide scope provides fresh ideas for more experienced actors.

History of European Drama and Theatre

Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415180603
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 396
View: 8738
This study reconstructs the vast history of European drama from Greek tragedy through to 20th century theatre, focusing on the subject of identity. Topics include: ancient Greek theatre; Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre by Corneilli, Racine, Moliere; and the Italian commedia dell'arte

Devising Performance

A Critical History
Author: Deirdre Heddon,Jane Milling
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137426780
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 282
View: 2063
Devising Performance charts the development of collaboratively created performances from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. Through a range of case studies drawn from Britain, the USA and Australia, Heddon and Jane encourage us to look more carefully at different modes of devising and to consider their implications in the present day.

Mapping Intermediality in Performance

Author: Sarah Bay-Cheng,Chiel Kattenbelt,Andy Lavender
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9089642552
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 304
View: 9748
This insightful book explores the relationship between theater and digital culture. The authors show that the marriage of traditional performance with new technologies leads to an upheaval of the implicit “live” quality of theatre by introducing media interfaces and Internet protocols, all the while blurring the barriers between theater-makers and their audience.

Theatre and Adaptation

Return, Rewrite, Repeat
Author: Margherita Laera
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472522214
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 296
View: 8024
Contemporary theatrical productions as diverse in form as experimental performance, new writing, West End drama, musicals and live art demonstrate a recurring fascination with adapting existing works by other artists, writers, filmmakers and stage practitioners. Featuring seventeen interviews with internationally-renowned theatre and performance artists, Theatre and Adaptation provides an exceptionally rich study of the variety of work developed in recent years. First-hand accounts illuminate a diverse range of approaches to stage adaptation, ranging from playwriting to directing, Javanese puppetry to British children's theatre, and feminist performance to Japanese Noh. The transition of an existing source to the stage is not a smooth one: this collection examines the practices and the complex set of negotiations each work of transition and appropriation involves. Including interviews with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Handspring Puppet Company, Katie Mitchell, Rimini Protokoll, Elevator Repair Service, Simon Stephens, Ong Keng Sen and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the volume reveals performance's enduring desire to return, rewrite and repeat.

A Disappearing Number

Author: Simon McBurney
Publisher: Oberon Books
ISBN: 1849432996
Category: Drama
Page: 88
View: 1221
A Disappearing Number takes as its starting point the story of one of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all time. Simultaneously a narrative and an enquiry, the production crosses three continents and several histories, to weave a provocative theatrical pattern about our relentless compulsion to understand. A man mourns the loss of his lover, a mathematician mourns her own fate. A businessman travels from Los Angeles to Chennai pursuing the future; a physicist in CERN looks for it too. The mathematician G.H. Hardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in the chilly English surroundings of Cambridge during the First World War. Ramanujan looks to create some of the most complex mathematical patterns of all time. Threaded through this pattern of stories and ideas are questions. About mathematics and beauty; imagination and the nature of infinity; about what is continuous and what is permanent; how we are attached to the past and how we affect the future; how we create and how we love. The book features an essay by Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford, and an introduction by Simon McBurney. The Complicité production was an astonishing success during its run at the Barbican, London in Spring 2007, winning The Evening Standard’s Best New Play Award 2007. Called ' Mesmerizing' by the New York Times, A Disappearing Number is a brilliant play, aided with original music composed by the award winning DJ, producer and writer Nitin Sawhney. A Disappearing Number was revived at the Novello Theatre, London in autumn 2010. ‘There is a sense of deep connections being made, an apprehension of the underlying patterns of life, and one leaves the theatre feeling intellectually stimulated, emotionally stirred and spiritually refreshed. A Disappearing Number is a wonder and one I cannot recommend too highly.’ Charles Spencer – The Telegraph ‘Brilliant show... both mind-bending and heart-stopping. Conceived and directed by Simon McBurney who is easily, to my mind, the greatest creator of theatre in this country.... to the sum of great Complicite shows, A Disappearing Number is a noble addition.’ Paul Taylor – The Independent " with the earlier Mnemonic, the company display a rare capacity to take abstract concepts and invest them with strong emotion and embody them with virtuosic theatricality.... Even maths duffers will respond warmly to a show that confirms theatre's ability to make the sciences manifest. 4 stars’ Michael Billington - The Guardian

Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy

Join the Kindness Club
Author: Bernadette Russell,David Broadbent
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781782401056
Category: Happiness
Page: 96
View: 9795
Niceness ninjas and happiness heroes, unite! This book is jam packed with awesome activities for spreading joy and kindness throughout the land, with an extra helping of magic and mischief. Are you sneaky enough to pull off a reverse robbery, by sliding a treat into someones bag or pocket? Have you got the guts to undertake a serious smile collection mission, and smile at every stranger you see all day long? Or perhaps you could brighten up a friends day with a Happy Un-birthday card... after all, the Queen of England gets two birthdays, so why shouldnt anyone else? Evidence shows that kids (and adults!) who act kindly are happier and more popular, proving that it really is nice to be nice. The international Random Acts of Kindness movement is going from strength to strength, including running workshops in schools. Its official, kindness is cool

A Book about the Theater

Author: Brander Matthews
Publisher: N.A
Category: Drama
Page: 334
View: 8309

The Collected Essays of Arthur Miller

Author: Arthur Miller
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472591739
Category: American drama
Page: 632
View: 5843
This comprehensive volume brings together essays by one of the most influential literary, cultural and intellectual voices of our time: Arthur Miller. Arranged chronologically from 1944 to 2000, these writings take the reader on a whirlwind tour of modern history alongside offering a remarkable record of Miller's views on theater. They give eloquent expression to his belief in 'the theater as a serious business, one that makes or should make man more human, which is to say, less alone'. Published with the essays are articles that Miller had written and in-depth interviews he has given.This collection features material from two earlier publications: Echoes Down the Corridor and The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller. It is edited and features a new introduction by Matthew Roudan�, Regents Professor of American Drama at Georgia State University. 'Arthur Miller understands that serious writing is a social act as well as an aesthetic one, that political involvement comes with the territory. A writer's work and his actions should be of the same cloth, after all. His plays and his conscience are a cold burning force.' Edward Albee

The Theatre of Visions

Robert Wilson
Author: Stefan Brecht
Publisher: Methuen Publishing
ISBN: 9780413495907
Category: American drama
Page: 441
View: 4268
Robert Wilson's theatre is the stuff of legend. He has taught theatre-goers to see the world with different eyes. Stefan Brecht's book provides detailed documentation and analysis of a number of Wilson's earliest groundbreaking works including The Life of Sigmund Freud, Deafman Glance and Einstein on the Beach. "Never since I was born have I seen anything more beautiful on this earth, never ever has there been another performance to equal this one, because it is simultaneously life at its most vivid and life with its eyes closed, reality mixed with dreaming, the inexplicability of everything in a deaf man's glance." (Louis Aragon Open Letter to André Breton) "His theatre is a world of its own" (Heiner Müller)

The Art of Rehearsal

Conversations with Contemporary Theatre Makers
Author: Barbara Simonsen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1474291996
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 264
View: 8757
What are the key elements that go into creating a work of art for the stage? Which are the most productive conditions and methods of rehearsal? In this collection of interviews, 18 international artists share their experience and offer practical advice on the creation of performance work. Their answers provide a goldmine of tried and tested approaches as they discuss the common problems and difficulties of creative work, their turning-point experiences, and ways in which they have challenged performers and themselves to go beyond conditioned reflexes to create groundbreaking new work.


Author: Kate Mulvany,Kit Williams
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781925005844
Category: Australian drama
Page: 61
View: 5305
In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe with the tale of Jack Hare's adventure. But when Jack's mission goes topsy-turvy, Joe and his mum must come to the rescue, and the line between the two worlds becomes blurred forever. Bringing to life Kit Williams' iconic picture book, Masquerade stars a talking fish, a tone-deaf barbershop quartet, a gassy pig, a precious jewel and a few mere mortals. It's a magical adventure that is, at its heart, about the love between a parent and a child.