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Macmillan Higher Education

Theatre and Audience

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Palgrave

Pages: 80
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Theatre And

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Paperback - 9780230210288

15 July 2009

$9.99

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Ebook - 9780230364608

16 September 2017

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What does theatre do for – and to – those who witness, watch, and participate in it?

Theatre& Audience provides a provocative overview of the questions raised by theatrical encounters between performers and audiences....

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What does theatre do for – and to – those who witness, watch, and participate in it?

Theatre& Audience provides a provocative overview of the questions raised by theatrical encounters between performers and audiences. Focusing on European and North American theatre and its audiences in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it explores belief in theatre's potential to influence, impact and transform. Illustrated by examples of performance which have sought to generate active audience involvement – from Brecht's epic theatre to the Blue Man Group – it seeks to unsettle any simple equation between audience participation and empowerment.

Foreword by Lois Weaver
 

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Provides a concise overview of the issues raised by theatrical encounters between performers and audiences

Part of the successful and innovative Theatre And series

Series Editors' Preface
Foreword; Lois Weaver
Difficulties of Definition
Models and Frames
Suspicion, Frustration and Contempt
Potent Orthodoxies
Playing with the Audience
Further Reading
Index.

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HELEN FRESHWATER is RCUK Research Fellow in Theatre Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She specializes in twentieth century British theatre and contemporary performance, and is the author of Theatre Censorship in Britain: Silencing, Censure and Suppression.

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HELEN FRESHWATER is RCUK Research Fellow in Theatre Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She specializes in twentieth century British theatre and contemporary performance, and is the author of Theatre Censorship in Britain: Silencing, Censure and Suppression.

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