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Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience

Space, Game and Story in the Work of Punchdrunk

Authors: Biggin, Rose

  • Provides the first book-length academic study of the internationally-renowned theatre company, Punchdrunk
  • Draws on the author's role as embedded researcher within Punchdrunk to provide fascinating insights into the company
  • Suggests innovative theoretical approaches to immersive theatre
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62039-8
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About this book

This book is the first full-length monograph to focus on Punchdrunk, the internationally-renowned theatre company known for its pioneering approach to immersive theatre. With its promises of empowerment, freedom and experiential joy, immersive theatre continues to gain popularity - this study brings necessary critical analysis to this rapidly developing field. What exactly do we mean by audience “immersion”? How might immersion in a Punchdrunk production be described, theorised, situated or politicised? What is valued in immersive experience - and are these values explicit or implied?

Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience draws on rehearsals, performances and archival access to Punchdrunk, providing new critical perspectives from cognitive studies, philosophical aesthetics, narrative theory and computer games. Its discussion of immersion is structured around three themes: interactivity and game; story and narrative; environment and space. Providing a rigorous theoretical toolkit to think further about the form’s capabilities, and offering a unique set of approaches, this book will be of significance to scholars, students, artists and spectators.

About the authors

Rose Biggin is a writer and performer. She received her PhD from the University of Exeter, UK, researching audience immersion and the work of Punchdrunk, and both writes and makes work on gender, history and language.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Immersive Theatre, Immersive Experience

    Biggin, Rose

    Pages 1-58

  • Interactivity and Immersion: Theoretical Approaches

    Biggin, Rose

    Pages 59-77

  • Interactivity and Immersion in The Drowned Man

    Biggin, Rose

    Pages 79-95

  • Fan Interactivity: Communicating Immersive Experience

    Biggin, Rose

    Pages 97-112

  • Follow the Story: Narrative and Immersion

    Biggin, Rose

    Pages 113-133

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62039-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62038-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immersive Theatre and Audience Experience
Book Subtitle
Space, Game and Story in the Work of Punchdrunk
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62039-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62039-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62038-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 225
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