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Beyond Immersive Theatre

Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation

Authors: Alston, Adam

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Immersive theatre currently enjoys ubiquity, popularity and recognition in theatre journalism and scholarship. However, the politics of immersive theatre aesthetics still lacks a substantial critique. Does immersive theatre model a particular kind of politics, or a particular kind of audience? What’s involved in the production and consumption of immersive theatre aesthetics? Is a productive audience always an empowered audience? And do the terms of an audience’s empowerment stand up to political scrutiny?  
Beyond Immersive Theatre contextualises these questions by tracing the evolution of neoliberal politics and the experience economy over the past four decades. Through detailed critical analyses of work by Ray Lee, Lundahl & Seitl, Punchdrunk, shunt, Theatre Delicatessen and Half Cut, Adam Alston argues that there is a tacit politics to immersive theatre aesthetics – a tacit politics that is illuminated by neoliberalism, and that is ripe to be challenged by the evolution and diversification of immersive theatre.

About the authors

Adam Alston is Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Surrey, UK. His research explores immersive theatre, theatre in the dark, and a range of themes in contemporary theatre including secrecy, labour and error. He is a contributing editor to Contemporary Theatre Review’s Interventions and a Creative Associate with Curious Directive. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theatre as Experience Machine

    Alston, Adam

    Pages 1-33

  • Theatre in a Box: Affect and Narcissism in Ray Lee’s Cold Storage

    Alston, Adam

    Pages 35-73

  • Theatre in the Dark: Spectatorship and Risk in Lundahl & Seitl’s Pitch-Black Theatre

    Alston, Adam

    Pages 75-107

  • Theatre Through the Fireplace: Punchdrunk and the Neoliberal Ethos

    Alston, Adam

    Pages 109-144

  • Frustrating Theatre: Shunt in the Experience Economy

    Alston, Adam

    Pages 145-181

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Hardcover £89.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond Immersive Theatre
Book Subtitle
Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48044-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48044-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48043-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 241
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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