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Theatre and Everyday Life : An Ethics of Performance - Alan Read

Theatre and Everyday Life

An Ethics of Performance

By: Alan Read

Paperback Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415069410
Number Of Pages: 276

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Alan Read suggests that there is no split between the practice and theory of theatre, but rather between the written and unwritten. In "Theatre and Everyday Life," the author retrieves this unwritten theatre, the theatre of spontaneity and tactics which grow out of the experience of everyday life -- a theatre which defines itself in terms of people and places rather than the idealized empty space of avant garde performance.
Read analyzes the tactics of everyday life and the way we construct our own knowledge systems. He examines the relationship between ethics and performance, a politics of place, and a poetics of the urban environment. He argues that an understanding of theatre demands a critical theory that is as mentally supple as theatre is physically versatile and cites the work of Gaston Bachelard, Humphrey Jennings and Antonin Artaud.
Drawing on his experience of directing the Rotherhithe Theatre for the last decade, Read provides a book which is of interest to practitioners and theorists in its intergrated approach to the practice, criticism, and history of theatre.

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"[Alan Read] sets out to retrieve the theatre of spontaneity and tactics, which grows out of the experierce of everyday life. It is a theatre which defines itself in terms of people and places rather than the idealized empty space of avantgarde performance." -"The Drama Review

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction
Practice Criticism Quotidian
Lay theatre
Regarding theatre
Everyday life
Nature Theatre Culture
Orientation: Space and place
Accretion: Earth and depth
Inspiration: Air and breath
Circulation: Water and hygiene
Combustion: Fire and safety
Notes and References
Index
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ISBN: 9780415069410
ISBN-10: 0415069416
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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