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New Performance/New Writing (2nd Edition)

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Contemporary theatre is going through a period of unparalleled excitement and challenge. Terms like 'postmodern' and 'postdramatic' have their own contested and defended histories, while notions of truth in verbatim theatre...

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Contemporary theatre is going through a period of unparalleled excitement and challenge. Terms like 'postmodern' and 'postdramatic' have their own contested and defended histories, while notions of truth in verbatim theatre are open to serious critical challenge. Theatre writing can result in no words being spoken and nothing appearing on the page, and productions are stretching the boundaries of space, place and context like never before. This revised and significantly expanded edition of New Performance/New Writing explores immersive and solo theatre, autoethnography, applied drama, performance writing, plot, story, narrative and devising. It presents an invaluable response to questions that arise from new theatre, prompting active reading that enhances classroom and workshop learning, and improves productivity in rehearsal. Each chapter explores a key aspect of theatre study, while an extensive timeline of theatre events gives a broad overview of its evolution. Case studies on practitioners as diverse as Kneehigh, Punchdrunk, Mark Ravenhill and Forced Entertainment are scattered throughout the book, along with detailed suggestions for workshops, which encourage readers to test some of the book's ideas in practice.

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A highly accessible, wide ranging introduction to performance practice in the 20th and 21st centuries, ideal for all undergraduate students of Theatre and Performance
Now covers broadly studied, hot topics such as autoethnographic, verbatim, immersive and applied theatres
Includes a wealth of new case studies, featuring major artists such as Punchdrunk, Shunt, Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill
Includes a revised timeline charting the key developments in performance practice over recent decades, and the artists associated with them

21+ Questions for Theatre Makers
Introduction: What this book is, and how to read it
1. Preparing the Ground for Study
2. New Contexts, New Forms, New Voices
Theatre Timeline: 1900 to the Nearly Now
3. Nothing Dates Like the Nearly New: Futurism, Surrealism, Dada and a Century of Change
4. Writing the Modern: Something Old, Something New
5. Writing the Body, Writing the Self
6. Writing the Written, Writing the Group
Bibliography
Index.

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John Freeman is Professor of Theatre and Dean of Culture and Language Sciences at the University of St Mark & St John, UK, prior to which he was Head of Theatre at Falmouth University, UK. He has written six books on theatre and numerous articles on the relationship between performance, creative research and education.

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John Freeman is Professor of Theatre and Dean of Culture and Language Sciences at the University of St Mark & St John, UK, prior to which he was Head of Theatre at Falmouth University, UK. He has written six books on theatre and numerous articles on the relationship between performance, creative research and education.

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