Beyond Immersive Theatre

Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation

Authors: Alston, Adam

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  • Explores the tacit politics to immersive theatre aesthetics

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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. 

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“Beyond Immersive Theatre asks important questions and offers apposite interpretations according to the parameters for analysis it sets. These undoubtedly inform and challenge the reader. … I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in engaging in discussion around, and beyond, the aesthetics and politics of immersive theatre.” (Josephine Machon, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, Vol. 6 (2), November, 2018)


“Bringing to the table energy, rigour, and a depth of knowledge of an exciting range of companies and works, Alston's encompassing study is both robust and compelling.” (James Frieze, Liverpool John Moores University, UK)

“As immersive theatre grows ever more widespread, popular, and even loved, Adam Alston’s nuanced and rigorous political critique of it in Beyond Immersive Theatre becomes increasingly urgent. Not only one of the most important books about immersive theatre, this is an important book about the arts and inequality.” (Jen Harvie, Queen Mary University of London, UK)

“This book is full of exemplary, detailed expositions of the sensuous pleasure of participatory performances and environmental scenographies, along with a rigorous critique of the contemporary economy that drives and facilitates them.” (Gareth White, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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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
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-69394-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 241
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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