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The Reasonable Audience

Theatre Etiquette, Behaviour Policing, and the Live Performance Experience

Authors: Sedgman, Kirsty

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  • Demonstrates the contemporary performance of power differentials within the audience themselves
  • Conducts a nuanced analysis of the language used in online theatre etiquette blogs and articles
  • Critiques the concept of 'reasonableness'
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Audiences are not what they used to be. Munching crisps or snapping selfies, chatting loudly or charging phones onstage – bad behaviour in theatre is apparently on the rise. And lately some spectators have begun to fight back…
The Reasonable Audience explores the recent trend of ‘theatre etiquette’: an audience-led crusade to bring ‘manners and respect’ back to the auditorium. This comes at a time when, around the world, arts institutions are working to balance the traditional pleasures of receptive quietness with the need to foster more inclusive experiences. Through investigating the rhetorics of morality underpinning both sides of the argument, this book examines how models of 'good' and 'bad' spectatorship are constructed and legitimised. Is theatre etiquette actually snobbish? Are audiences really more selfish? Who gets to decide what counts as ‘reasonable’ within public space?Using theatre etiquette to explore wider issues of social participation, cultural exclusion, and the politics of identity, Kirsty Sedgman asks what it means to police the behaviour of others.

About the authors

Kirsty Sedgman is Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Bristol, UK, and current British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She specialises in audience research and cultural value. Her work investigates how different people experience and find meaning in live performance. How are pleasures and disappointments made meaningful within their lives? And what can all this tell us about the role of the arts in society, as well as the relationship between cultural institutions, power, identity, and place? @KirstySedgman

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“This book offers an extremely timely intervention into current popular debates about the kinds of behaviour which are deemed appropriate for theatre audiences, and makes a significant, original contribution to the study of theatre and performance. Its engagement with live debates and its analysis will prove useful to scholars for many years to come.” (Dr Helen Freshwater, Reader in Theatre and Performance, University of Newcastle, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Hardcover 57,19 €
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Reasonable Audience
Book Subtitle
Theatre Etiquette, Behaviour Policing, and the Live Performance Experience
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99166-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99166-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99165-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 174
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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