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Reframing Immersive Theatre

The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance

Editors: Frieze, James (Ed.)

  • Takes an accessible, interdisciplinary approach to reconsidering immersive theatre
  • Provides an insight into the world of immersive theatre through interviews with practitioners and theatre companies
  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the origins and direction of this growing theatrical genre
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About this book

This diverse collection of essays and testimonies challenges critical orthodoxies about the twenty-first century boom in immersive theatre and performance. A culturally and institutionally eclectic range of producers and critics comprehensively reconsider the term ‘immersive’ and the practices it has been used to describe. Applying ecological, phenomenological and political ideas to both renowned and lesser-known performances, contributing scholars and artists offers fresh ideas on the ethics and practicalities of participatory performance. These ideas interrogate claims that have frequently been made by producers and by critics that participatory performance extends engagement. These claims are interrogated across nine dimensions of engagement: bodily, technological, spatial, temporal, spiritual, performative, pedagogical, textual, social. Enquiry is focussed along the following seams of analysis: the participant as co-designer; the challenges facing the facilitator of immersive/participatory performance; the challenges facing the critic of immersive/participatory performance; how and why immersion troubles boundaries between the material and the magical.

About the authors

James Frieze is the author of Naming Theatre: Demonstrative Diagnosis in Performance (2009) and essays on contemporary performance in various journals and collections. Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, his teaching and production work focusses on devising, improvisation, and contemporary performance. He is currently working on a monograph on theatre and the forensic turn.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Reframing Immersive Theatre: The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance

    Frieze, James

    Pages 1-25

  • On Being Immersed: The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding

    Machon, Josephine

    Pages 29-42

  • In the Body of the Beholder: Insider Dynamics and Extended Audiencing Transform Dance Spectatorship in Sleep No More

    Ritter, Julia M.

    Pages 43-62

  • Troubling Bodies in Follow the North Star

    Bowman, Ruth Laurion

    Pages 63-76

  • Experiencing Michael Mayhew’s Away in a Manger: Spectatorial Immersion in Durational Performance

    Mock, Roberta

    Pages 77-91

Buy this book

eBook £62.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-36604-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-36603-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reframing Immersive Theatre
Book Subtitle
The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance
Editors
  • James Frieze
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36604-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-36604-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36603-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 345
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour
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