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Certain Fragments : Texts and Writings on Performance - Tim Etchells

Certain Fragments

Texts and Writings on Performance

Paperback Published: 8th April 1999
ISBN: 9780415173834
Number Of Pages: 240

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What is the relationship between performance and play? Between performance and technology? Between performance and death?


Certain Fragments is an extraordinary exploration of what lies at the heart of contemporary theatre. Written by the artistic director of Forced Entertainment, acknowledged to be Britains most brilliant experimental theatre company (Guardian), Certain Fragments investigates the processes of devising performance, the role of writing in an interdisciplinary theatre, and the influence of the city on contemporary art practice.


Tim Etchells unique and provocative voice shifts from intimate anecdote to critical analysis and back again. And as in his theatre-making so in his book: with Certain Fragments Etchells disrupts traditional notions of creative, academic, and intellectual work. The book is an exciting and radical fusion of story-telling and criticism. It also makes available, for the first time, four seminal Forced Entertainment texts by Etchells.

Thanksp. 5
Performing Questions, Producing Witnessesp. 9
Introductionp. 15
Essaysp. 27
A Decade of Forced Entertainmentp. 29
On Risk and Investmentp. 48
Play On: Collaboration and Processp. 50
On Documentation and Performancep. 71
Eight Fragments on Theatre and the Cityp. 76
Replaying the Tapes of the Twentieth Century: an Interview with Ron Vawterp. 84
On Performance and Technologyp. 94
On Performance Writingp. 98
On Performance and Film: Tuning inp. 109
Repeat Forever: Body, Death, Performance, Fictionp. 113
Performance Textsp. 131
Introductionp. 133
(Let the Water Run Its Course) to the Sea That Made the Promisep. 134
Emanuelle Enchanted (Or a Description of This World as If It Were a Beautiful Place)p. 142
Club of No Regretsp. 162
Speak Bitternessp. 179
Journalism and Programme Notesp. 197
Journalismp. 199
Programme Notesp. 214
Appendixp. 222
Acknowledgementsp. 225
Indexp. 226
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ISBN: 9780415173834
ISBN-10: 0415173833
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 8th April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.56 x 17.48  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1