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Reading the Material Theatre

Reading the Material Theatre

Part of Theatre and Performance Theory

  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521644167

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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 2004 volume provides a first-step introduction to key terms and areas of performance theory, including reception history, performance analysis, and production analysis.

    • Develops and applies a fully-contextualized method for the analysis of contemporary theatre
    • Includes detailed case studies of specific productions
    • Author is a leading scholar in the field and is well-known for his work on reception, staging, and Shakespeare
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521644167
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. Theory and Practice:
    1. Theory: towards a materialist semiotics
    2. Practice: conditions of production and reception
    Conclusion to Part I
    Part II. Case Studies:
    3. The Stratford Festival
    4. Tarragon Theatre
    5. The Wooster Group
    6. The English Shakespeare Company
    7. International festivals
    Conclusion
    Index.

  • Author

    Ric Knowles, University of Guelph, Ontario
    Ric Knowles is Professor of Drama at the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario. He is author of Shakespeare and Canada: Essays on Production, Translation, and Adaptation. (2003) and The Theatre of Form and the Production of Meaning: Contemporary Canadian Dramaturgies (1999), editor of Theatre in Atlantic Canada (1988), and co-editor of Modern Drama: Defining the Field (2003) and Staging Coyote's Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English (2003).

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