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Talking to the Audience : Shakespeare, Performance, Self - Bridget Escolme

Talking to the Audience

Shakespeare, Performance, Self

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9780415332224
Number Of Pages: 208

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This unique study investigates the ways in which the staging convention of direct address-talking to the audience-can construct dramatic subjectivity, or selfhood, in Shakespeare plays. By focusing specifically on the relationship between performer and audience, "Talking to the Audience" examines what happens when the audience is in the presence of a dramatic figure who knows they are there. It is a book concerned with theatrical illusion; with the pleasures and disturbances of seeing "characters" produced in the moment of performance.
Through analysis of contemporary productions by a wide range of companies throughout the world, "Talking to the Audience "serves to demonstrate how the study of recent performance helps us to understand both Shakespeare's cultural moment and our own, while never losing sight of the theatrical pleasures and challenges offered by the plays. Its exploration of how theory and practice can inform each other make this essential reading for all those studying Shakespeare in either a literary or theatrical context.

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Actors, academics, selvesp. 1
'Bits and bitterness': politics, performance, Troilus and Cressidap. 24
The point or the question? Text, performance, Hamletp. 52
The theatre and the Presence Chamber: history, performance, Richard IIp. 93
Performing human: the Societas Raffaello Sanziop. 126
Conclusionp. 148
Notesp. 154
Productions citedp. 174
Bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 188
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ISBN: 9780415332224
ISBN-10: 0415332222
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1