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Shakespeare and Audience in Practice

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 216
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Shakespeare in Practice

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What do audiences do as they watch a Shakespearean play? What makes them respond in the ways that they do? This book examines a wide range of theatrical productions to explore the practice of being a modern Shakespearean...

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What do audiences do as they watch a Shakespearean play? What makes them respond in the ways that they do? This book examines a wide range of theatrical productions to explore the practice of being a modern Shakespearean audience. It surveys some of the most influential ideas about spectatorship in contemporary performance studies, and analyses the strategies employed both in the texts themselves and by modern theatre practitioners to position audiences in particular ways.

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Audience is a core topic on Theatre and Performance courses; this is the first book to focus on audience and Shakespeare
Provides very practical insights into staging a Shakespeare play, and includes practical exercises
Surveys the most influential ideas about spectatorship in an accessible way for students

Prologue
PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. I, Malvolio and its Audiences: A Case Study
PART II: IN THEORY 2. Making Sense of the Stage
3. Agency, Community and Modern Theatre Practice
PART III: IN PRACTICE 4. Controlling the Audience?
5. Framing the Stage
6. Playing with the Audience
7. Immersion and Embodiment
8. Constructing the Audience
PART IV: DEBATE AND PROVOCATION 9. Pocket Henry V: A Collaborative Debate
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Stephen Purcell is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick, UK. His research focuses on Shakespeare in contemporary performance and popular culture. His publications include Popular Shakespeare (2009) and The White Devil (2012) in The Shakespeare Handbooks series.

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Stephen Purcell is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick, UK. His research focuses on Shakespeare in contemporary performance and popular culture. His publications include Popular Shakespeare (2009) and The White Devil (2012) in The Shakespeare Handbooks series.

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