Theatre Histories Book

Theatre Histories


  • Author : Bruce McConachie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-26
  • Genre: Performing arts
  • Pages : 650
  • ISBN 10 : 0415837960

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Theatre Histories Excerpt :

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introductionoffers a critical overview of global theatre and drama, spanning a broad wealth of world cultures and periods. Bringing together a group of scholars from a diverse range of backgrounds to add fresh perspectives on the history of global theatre, the book illustrates historiographical theories with case studies demonstrating various methods and interpretive approaches. Subtly restructured sections place the chapters within new thematic contexts to offer a clear overview of each period, while a revised chapter structure offers accessibility for students and instructors. Further new features and key updates to this third edition include: A dedicated chapter on historiography New, up to date, case studies Enhanced and reworked historical, cultural and political timelines, helping students to place each chapter within the historical context of the section Pronunciation guidance, both in the text and as an online audio guide, to aid the reader in accessing and internalizing unfamiliar terminology A new and updated companion website with further insights, activities and resources to enable students to further their knowledge and understanding of the theatre.

Theatre Histories Book

Theatre Histories


  • Author : Phillip B. Zarrilli
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-03-07
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134042944

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Theatre Histories Excerpt :

This new edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods and interpretive approaches used by today's theatre historians. Completely revised and renewed in color, enhancements and new material include: a full-color text design with added timelines to each opening section a wealth of new color illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances described new case studies on African, Asian, and Western subjects a new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductions fuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossary a re-designed support website offering links to new audio-visual resources, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, discussion questions relating to case studies and an online glossary.

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories Book

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories


  • Author : S.E. Wilmer
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release Date : 2009-11-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781587295218

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Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories Excerpt :

Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.

Theatre Histories Book

Theatre Histories


  • Author : Bruce McConachie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-02-26
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 632
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135041137

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Theatre Histories Excerpt :

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers a critical overview of global theatre and drama, spanning a broad wealth of world cultures and periods. Bringing together a group of scholars from a diverse range of backgrounds to add fresh perspectives on the history of global theatre, the book illustrates historiographical theories with case studies demonstrating various methods and interpretive approaches. Subtly restructured sections place the chapters within new thematic contexts to offer a clear overview of each period, while a revised chapter structure offers accessibility for students and instructors. Further new features and key updates to this third edition include: A dedicated chapter on historiography New, up to date, case studies Enhanced and reworked historical, cultural and political timelines, helping students to place each chapter within the historical context of the section Pronunciation guidance, both in the text and as an online audio guide, to aid the reader in accessing and internalizing unfamiliar terminology A new and updated companion website with further insights, activities and resources to enable students to further their knowledge and understanding of the theatre.

Mapping Global Theatre Histories Book

Mapping Global Theatre Histories


  • Author : Mark Pizzato
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-05-02
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030127275

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Mapping Global Theatre Histories Excerpt :

This textbook provides a global, chronological mapping of significant areas of theatre, sketched from its deepest history in the evolution of our brain's 'inner theatre' to ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern developments. It considers prehistoric cave art and built temples, African trance dances, ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern ritual dramas, Greek and Roman theatres, Asian dance-dramas and puppetry, medieval European performances, global indigenous rituals, early modern to postmodern Euro-American developments, worldwide postcolonial theatres, and the hyper-theatricality of today's mass and social media. Timelines and numbered paragraphs form an overall outline with distilled details of what students can learn, encouraging further explorations online and in the library. Questions suggest how students might reflect on present parallels, making their own maps of global theatre histories, regarding geo-political theatrics in the media, our performances in everyday life, and the theatres inside our brains.

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories Book

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories


  • Author : Clare Summerskill
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-09-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429594861

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Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories Excerpt :

Offering a roadmap for practicing verbatim theatre (plays created from oral histories), this book outlines theatre processes through the lens of oral history and draws upon oral history scholarship to bring best practices from that discipline to theatre practitioners. This book opens with an overview of oral history and verbatim theatre, considering the ways in which existing oral history debates can inform verbatim theatre processes and highlights necessary ethical considerations within each field, which are especially prevalent when working with narrators from marginalised communities. It provides a step-by-step guide to creating plays from interviews and contains practical guidance for determining the scope of a theatre project: identifying narrators and conducting interviews, developing a script from excerpts of interview transcripts and outlining a variety of ways to create verbatim theatre productions. By bringing together this explicit discussion of oral history in relationship to theatre based on personal testimonies, the reader gains insight into each field and the close relationship between the two. Supported by international case studies that cover a wide range of working methods and productions, including The Laramie Project and Parramatta Girls, this is the perfect guide for oral historians producing dramatic representations of the material they have sourced through interviews, and for writers creating professional theatre productions, community projects or student plays.

Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific  1869 1946 Book

Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific 1869 1946


  • Author : meLê yamomo
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2018-07-20
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 267
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319691763

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Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific 1869 1946 Excerpt :

This book examines the intersection between sound and modernity in dramatic and musical performance in Manila and the Asia-Pacific between 1869 and 1948. During this period, tolerant political regimes resulted in the globalization of capitalist relations and the improvement of transcontinental travel and worldwide communication. This allowed modern modes of theatre and music consumption to instigate the uniformization of cultural products and processes, while simultaneously fragmenting societies into distinct identities, institutions, and nascent nation-states. Taking the performing bodies of migrant musicians as the locus of sound, this book argues that the global movement of acoustic modernities was replicated and diversified through its multiple subjectivities within empire, nation, and individual agencies. It traces the arrival of European travelling music and theatre companies in Asia which re-casted listening into an act of modern cultural consumption, and follows the migration of Manila musicians as they engaged in the modernization project of the neighboring Asian cities.

Theatre in the Berlin Republic Book

Theatre in the Berlin Republic


  • Author : Denise Varney
  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN 10 : 3039111108

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Theatre in the Berlin Republic Excerpt :

This work's focus is on theatre at the intersection of culture and politics during and after German reunification and the evolution of the Berlin Republic. It contains the proceedings of a symposium that took place in Melbourne in September 2006.

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Book

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance


  • Author : Paul Allain
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-05-13
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134517978

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The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Excerpt :

What is theatre? What is performance? What are their connections and differences? What events, people, practices and ideas have shaped theatre and performance in the twentieth century, and, importantly, where are they heading next? Proposing answers to these big questions, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance provides an informative and engaging introduction to the significant people, events, concepts and practices that have defined the complementary fields of theatre and performance studies. Including over 120 entries in three easy-to-use, alphabetical sections, this fascinating text presents a wide range of individuals and topics, such as: performance artist Marina Abramovic directors Vsevolod Meyerhold and Robert Wilson The Living Theatre’s Paradise Now the haka multimedia performance political protest visual theatre. With each entry containing crucial historical and contextual information, extensive cross-referencing, detailed analysis, and an annotated bibliography, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance is undoubtedly a perfect reference guide for the keen student and the passionate theatre-goer alike.

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance Book

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance


  • Author : Dennis Kennedy
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-26
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 705
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199574193

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance Excerpt :

"This Companion is a concise and updated version of The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre and performance (2 volumes, 2003)"--Pref.

Women  Theatre and Performance Book
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Women Theatre and Performance


  • Author : Maggie Barbara Gale
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 0719057132

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Women Theatre and Performance Excerpt :

This collection addresses key questions in women's theatre history and retrieves a number of previously "hidden" histories of women performers. The essays range across the past 300 years--topics covered include Susanna Centlivre and the notion of intertheatricality; gender and theatrical space; the repositioning of women performers such as Wagner's Muse, Willhelmina Schröder-Devrient, the Comédie Français' "Mademoiselle Mars," Mme. Arnould-Plessey, and the actresses of the Russian serf theatre.

Sweet Canadian Girls Abroad Book

Sweet Canadian Girls Abroad


  • Author : Cecilia Morgan
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release Date : 2022-09-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 441
  • ISBN 10 : 9780228013273

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Sweet Canadian Girls Abroad Excerpt :

By the late nineteenth century, Canadian women had begun forging careers as professional actresses, appearing not just in Canada, but in the United States, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. They played an integral role in theatrical networks and helped shape transnational middle-class culture. Taking the approach of feminist collective biography, Sweet Canadian Girls Abroad writes the lives of women who, despite their renown during their lifetimes, have been all too easily forgotten. Cecilia Morgan examines these “sweet girls’” childhoods, their experiences of work, touring, and company management, the plays in which they appeared, and the celebrity they enjoyed. In so doing she shows how women helped convey messages about race, empire, and white identity in popular culture. Investigating a period from the 1870s to the 1940s, Morgan demonstrates how actresses evolved within a period of change in theatre, how they coped with new challenges, and how they brought their craft to new media. Paying particular attention to the careers of Margaret Bannerman, Tony Award-winner Beatrice Lillie, Margaret Anglin, Julia Arthur, and Frances Doble, among many others, this book explores how being an actress abroad became work as well as profession for Canadian women. Extensively researched and generously illustrated, Sweet Canadian Girls Abroad argues for the importance of theatre, both to Canadian women’s history and to our understanding of Canada in a transnational world.

The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre Book

The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre


  • Author : Scott Graham
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-07-25
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317667278

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The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre Excerpt :

‘This is a close companion to Frantic Assembly’s practice and one that is written with an open and engaging, even disarming, tone ... A rich, rewarding and compelling text.’ Stuart Andrews, University of Surrey As Frantic Assembly move into their twentieth year of producing innovative and adventurous theatre, this new edition of their well-loved book demystifies the process of devising theatre in an unusually candid way. Artistic directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett offer an intimate and invaluable insight into their evolution and success, in the hope that sharing their experiences of devising theatre will encourage and inspire students and fellow practitioners. The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre is a uniquely personal account of the history and practice of this remarkable company, and includes: · practical exercises · essays on devising, writing and choreography · suggestions for scene development · a 16-page colour section, and illustrations throughout · a companion website featuring clips of rehearsals and performances. This is an accessible, educational and indispensable introduction to the working processes of Frantic Assembly, whose playful, intelligent and dynamic productions continue to be acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

A History of East African Theatre  Volume 1 Book

A History of East African Theatre Volume 1


  • Author : Jane Plastow
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-10-29
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030472726

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A History of East African Theatre Volume 1 Excerpt :

This book is the first ever transnational theatre study of an African region. Covering nine nations in two volumes, the project covers a hundred years of theatre making across Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. This volume focuses on the theatre of the Horn of Africa. The book shows how the theatres of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia, little known in the outside world, have been among the continent's most politically important, commercially successful, and widely popular; making work almost exclusively in local languages and utilizing hybrid forms that have privileged local cultural modes of production. A History of African Theatre is relevant to all who have interests in African cultures and their relationship to the history and politics of the East African region.

Theatre  Globalization and the Cold War Book

Theatre Globalization and the Cold War


  • Author : Christopher B. Balme
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2017-06-05
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319480848

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Theatre Globalization and the Cold War Excerpt :

This book examines how the Cold War had a far-reaching impact on theatre by presenting a range of current scholarship on the topic from scholars from a dozen countries. They represent in turn a variety of perspectives, methodologies and theatrical genres, including not only Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, but also Polish folk-dancing, documentary theatre and opera production. The contributions demonstrate that there was much more at stake and a much larger investment of ideological and economic capital than a simple dichotomy between East versus West or socialism versus capitalism might suggest. Culture, and theatrical culture in particular with its high degree of representational power, was recognized as an important medium in the ideological struggles that characterize this epoch. Most importantly, the volume explores how theatre can be reconceptualized in terms of transnational or even global processes which, it will be argued, were an integral part of Cold War rivalries.