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Theatre and Performance Theory : Reading the Material Theatre - Ric Knowles

Theatre and Performance Theory

Reading the Material Theatre

Paperback Published: 26th July 2004
ISBN: 9780521644167
Number Of Pages: 248

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Reading the Material Theatre develops and demonstrates a method of theatrical performance analysis that takes into account the entire theatre experience, from production to reception. Beginning with semiotic and cultural materialist theory, Knowles quickly moves into detailed politicized analysis of the ways in which specific aspects of theatrical production, and specific contexts of reception, shape the audience's understanding of what they experience in the theatre. It concludes with five case studies of the cultural work performed by a major Shakespearean repertory theatre, a small nationalist theatre devoted to new play development, a major New York-based avant-garde touring theatre company, a British socialist company dedicated to the work of Shakespeare, and a range of international festivals. This accessible volume provides a first-step introduction to key terms and areas of performance theory, including reception history, performance analysis, and production analysis.

"the breadth and complexity with which this book surveys a range of contemporary experimentation in the English-speaking world is illuminating and provocative." - Shannon Jackson

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Theory and Practice
Theory: towards a materialist semiotics
Practice: conditions of production and reception
Conclusion to Part I
Case Studies
The Stratford Festival
Tarragon Theatre
The Wooster Group
The English Shakespeare Company
International festivals
Conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521644167
ISBN-10: 052164416X
Series: Theatre and Performance Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.29