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The Applied Theatre Artist

Responsivity and Expertise in Practice

Authors: Hepplewhite, Kay

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  • Provides a new theoretical analysis of the practitioner
  • Deconstructs rarely-explored qualities such as empathy, instinct and response that enable theatre practitioners to work well in communities
  • Closely examines several UK artists working in different social contexts
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This book analyses the work of applied theatre practitioners using a new framework of ‘responsivity’ to make visible their unique expertise. In-depth investigation of practice combines with theorisation to provide a fresh view of the work of artists and facilitators. Case studies are drawn from community contexts: with women, mental health service users, refugees, adults with a learning disability, older people in care, and young people in school. Common skills and qualities are given a vocabulary to help define applied theatre work, such as awareness, anticipation, adaptation, attunement, and responsiveness. 
The Applied Theatre Artist is of scholarly, practical, and educational interest. The book offers detailed analysis of how skilled theatre artists make in-action decisions within socially engaged participatory projects. Rich description of in-session activity reveals what workshop facilitators actually do and how they think, offering a rare focus in applied theatre. 

About the authors

Dr Kay Hepplewhite teaches and supervises Drama and Applied Theatre students and researchers at Northumbria University, UK, and previously at York St John University, UK. Her PhD was awarded from University of Manchester, UK, in 2017. Before becoming a lecturer, she worked in Theatre in Education, and in community and youth theatre.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introducing Responsivity and the Applied Theatre Practitioner

    Pages 1-44

    Hepplewhite, Kay

  • The Applied Theatre Artist as Responsive Educator: Grafted Expertise and a Search for the ‘Golden Nugget’

    Pages 45-75

    Hepplewhite, Kay

  • The Applied Theatre Practitioner as Responsive Activist: The Personal Is Political in a Feminist Approach

    Pages 77-108

    Hepplewhite, Kay

  • The Applied Theatre Practitioner as Responsive Clown: A ‘Beautiful Mistake’ in Learning Disability Theatre

    Pages 109-137

    Hepplewhite, Kay

  • The Applied Theatre Artist as Responsive Dialogue: The Art of Doing Little in a Creative Ageing Project

    Pages 139-156

    Hepplewhite, Kay

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Applied Theatre Artist
Book Subtitle
Responsivity and Expertise in Practice
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47268-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47268-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47267-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 229
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