Theatre and Performance Theory: Real Theatre: Essays in Experience

Author:   Paul Rae (University of Melbourne)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781107186590


Pages:   246
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Theatre is often said to offer unique insights into the nature of reality, but this obscures the reality of theatre itself. In Real Theatre, Paul Rae takes a joined-up approach to the realities of theatre to explain why performances take the forms they do, and what effects they have. Drawing on examples ranging from Phantom of the Opera and Danny Boyle's Frankenstein, to the performances of the Wooster Group and arthouse director Tsai Ming-liang, he shows how apparently discrete theatrical events emerge from dynamic and often unpredictable social, technical and institutional assemblages. These events then enter a process of cultural circulation that, as Rae explains, takes many forms: fleeting conversations, the mercurial careers of theatrical characters and the composite personae of actors, and high-profile products like the Hollywood movie Birdman. The result is a real theatre that speaks of, and to, the idiosyncratic and cumulative experience of every theatre participant.

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Author:   Paul Rae (University of Melbourne)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.80cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.540kg
ISBN:  

9781107186590


ISBN 10:   1107186595
Pages:   246
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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'Real Theatre is an elegant and entertaining read that makes a major contribution to debates around the realities of making - and watching - theatre. This is a book characterized by its willingness to engage seriously with the mass cultural forms of theatre that are so often overlooked by scholars, offering an analysis of the sophisticated ways in which audiences consume performance. A genuinely original and energetic approach to how we might conceptualise the theatre event, this book is a humane and richly insightful account of the peculiar realities that comprise theatrical performance.' Aoife Monks, Queen Mary University of London 'Real Theatre is an elegant and entertaining read that makes a major contribution to debates around the realities of making - and watching - theatre. This is a book characterized by its willingness to engage seriously with the mass cultural forms of theatre that are so often overlooked by scholars, offering an analysis of the sophisticated ways in which audiences consume performance. A genuinely original and energetic approach to how we might conceptualise the theatre event, this book is a humane and richly insightful account of the peculiar realities that comprise theatrical performance.' Aoife Monks, Queen Mary University of London


Advance praise: 'Real Theatre is an elegant and entertaining read that makes a major contribution to debates around the realities of making - and watching - theatre. This is a book characterized by its willingness to engage seriously with the mass cultural forms of theatre that are so often overlooked by scholars, offering an analysis of the sophisticated ways in which audiences consume performance. A genuinely original and energetic approach how we might conceptualise the theatre event, this book is a humane and richly insightful account of the peculiar realities that comprise theatrical performance.' Aoife Monks, Queen Mary University of London Advance praise: 'Real Theatre is an elegant and entertaining read that makes a major contribution to debates around the realities of making - and watching - theatre. This is a book characterized by its willingness to engage seriously with the mass cultural forms of theatre that are so often overlooked by scholars, offering an analysis of the sophisticated ways in which audiences consume performance. A genuinely original and energetic approach how we might conceptualise the theatre event, this book is a humane and richly insightful account of the peculiar realities that comprise theatrical performance.' Aoife Monks, Queen Mary University of London


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Paul Rae is Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Theatre and Human Rights (2009). He has published widely on contemporary theatre and on Asia-Pacific performance cultures, and from 2015-18 was Senior Editor of the journal Theatre Research International.

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