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Theatre and Therapy
 
Series: Theatre And
 
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18 Dec 2012
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Walsh argues that there are many links between theatre and therapy when considering actor training, theatre in therapeutic contexts, and contemporary theatre and performance. He draws on a range of examples that include the drama of Sarah Kane, the method acting of Daniel Day Lewis and performances by Ruby Wax and David Hoyle.


Description

Walsh argues that there are many links between theatre and therapy when considering actor training, theatre in therapeutic contexts, and contemporary theatre and performance. He draws on a range of examples that include the drama of Sarah Kane, the method acting of Daniel Day Lewis and performances by Ruby Wax and David Hoyle.


Reviews

'Theatre amateurs and professionals will often claim that theatre "saved my life". But what, more specifically, might be the curative properties of theatre? What is the nature of its cure? And, conversely, how has the theatre figured in the imaginary and development of other kinds of "taking cures"? In this smartly organised and lucidly written book, Fintan Walsh illuminates the therapeutic effects and affects of theatrical performance, and the theatrical inspirations for Western therapeutic practices. Theatre & Therapy takes the reader from the more expected historical examples of Aristotle's catharsis and Freud's interpretation of dreams to the less frequently ploughed terrain of contemporary performance practices that experiment with affective intensity or intensive listening as therapeutic. This is an authoritative and nuanced introduction to the field. I felt better at the end of this book.' - Erin Hurley, McGill University, USA


Contents

Series Editors' Preface
Foreword
Theatre and the Therapeutic Tradition
Actor Training and Audience Engagement
Drama and Theatre in Therapy
Therapeutic Dramaturgies and Relations in Contemporary Theatre
Further Reading
Index


Authors

FINTAN WALSH is Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. He is the author of Male Trouble: Maculinity and the Performance of Crisis, editor of Queer Notions: New Plays and Performances from Ireland, and co-editor of Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture. He is a regular reviewer for Irish Theatre Magazine.