Drama Research Volume 13 - NATIONAL DRAMA

Drama Research Volume 13

April 2022
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Editorial

Volume 13 Editorial

First of all, let me welcome you to the new look Drama Research. National Drama, the professional association for teachers of Drama and Theatre, has invested in a brand new website and Drama Research has benefitted from this upgrade. We have attempted to make the journal as accessible and approachable as possible and so we

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Volume 13 Editorial

First of all, let me welcome you to the new look Drama Research. National Drama, the professional association for teachers of Drama and Theatre, has invested in a brand new website and Drama Research has benefitted from this upgrade. We have attempted to make the journal as accessible and approachable as possible and so we

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Articles

Book Reviews

Applied Theatre with Youth: Education, Engagement, Activism

Applied Theatre with Youth is a collection of essays that highlight the value and efficacy of applied theatre with young people in a broad range of settings, addressing challenges and offering concrete solutions.
This book tackles the vital issues of our time—including, among others, racism, climate crisis, gun violence, immigration, and gender—fostering dialogue, promoting education, and inciting social change.

Read More »

Applied Theatre: Ethics

Applied Theatre: Ethics explores what it means for applied theatre practice to be conducted in an ethical way and examines how this affects the work done with communities and participants. It considers how practitioners can balance aesthetics and ethics when creating performance, particularly with relatively inexperienced and often vulnerable groups of people who are being asked to both tell and stage their stories. The two sections bring together theoretical and practical ways for theatre-makers to examine the ethics of their applied theatre projects.

Read More »

Collaborative Embodied Performance: Ecologies of Skill

This book is about joint intelligence in action. It brings together scholarship in performance studies, cognitive science, sociology, literature, anthropology, psychology, architecture, philosophy and sport science to ask how tightly knit collaboration works. Contributors apply innovative methodologies to detailed case studies of martial arts, social interaction, freediving, site-specific artworks, Body Weather, human-AI music composition, Front-of-House at Shakespeare’s Globe, acrobatics and failing at handstands. In each investigation, performance and theory are mutually revealing, informative and captivating.

Read More »

Inside the Rehearsal Room

With an exclusive focus on text-based theatre-making, Inside the Rehearsal Room is both an instructional and conceptual examination of the rehearsal process. Drawing on professional practice and underpinned by theory, this book moves through each stage of rehearsals, considering the inter-connectivity between the actor, director, designers and the backstage team, and how the cumulative effect of the weeks in rehearsal influences the final production.

Read More »

Postdramatic Theatre in India

This book revisits Hans-Thies Lehmann’s theory of the postdramatic and participates in the ongoing debate on the theatre paradigm by placing contemporary Indian performance within it. None of the Indian theatre-makers under study built their works directly on the Euro-American model of postdramatic theatre, but many have used its vocabulary and apparatus in innovative, transnational ways. Their principal aim was to invigorate the language of Indian urban theatre, which had turned stale under the stronghold of realism inherited from colonial stage practice after independence.

Read More »

Telling our Stories of Home

What is home? The answer seems obvious. But Telling Our Stories of Home, an international collection of eleven plays by and about women from Lebanon, Haiti, Venezuela, Uganda, Palestine, Brazil, India, UK, and the US, complicates the answer.
These are voices seldom represented to a larger audience. The plays and performance pieces include a mix of monologue, duologue, and ensemble plays, allowing fantastic performance opportunities particularly in an age of social-distancing with flexible casts that together invite the theme of home to be performed and studied on the page.

Read More »

The Art of Dramaturgy

Anne Cattaneo was among the first Americans to fill the role of dramaturg, one of theatre’s best kept secrets. A combination of theatre artist, scholar, researcher, play advocate, editor, and writer’s friend, it is the job of a dramaturg to ‘reflect light back on the elements that are already in play,’ while bringing a work of theatre to life. Cattaneo traces the field from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the present and chronicles the multitude and variety of tasks a dramaturg undertakes before, during, and after a production is brought to the stage.

Read More »

The Dramaturgy of Space

In Ramón Griffero’s seminal work, The Dramaturgy of Space, the playwright and director describes his aesthetic philosophy and theoretical approach to theatrical creation, illustrating his theory through practical application in a series of exercises. His book also reinforces the practicality of Griffero’s concepts through a series of online videos, breaking down each exercise and allowing readers to engage with the effects of his celebrated approach.

Read More »

Toward a Future Theatre: Conversations during a Pandemic

Featuring conversations with theatre makers in the US and UK during the first 8 months of the Covid-19 lockdown, this collection reveals the innovations in digital theatre as artists, companies and theatres had to adjust to the restrictions and formulate new ways of working and reaching audiences. Besides documenting in their own words the work that was generated, this book captures the artists’ dreams for a new post-Covid reality in which theatre is reimagined and issues of racial and economic injustice are addressed.

Read More »

Applied Theatre with Youth: Education, Engagement, Activism

Applied Theatre with Youth is a collection of essays that highlight the value and efficacy of applied theatre with young people in a broad range of settings, addressing challenges and offering concrete solutions.
This book tackles the vital issues of our time—including, among others, racism, climate crisis, gun violence, immigration, and gender—fostering dialogue, promoting education, and inciting social change.

Read More »

Applied Theatre: Ethics

Applied Theatre: Ethics explores what it means for applied theatre practice to be conducted in an ethical way and examines how this affects the work done with communities and participants. It considers how practitioners can balance aesthetics and ethics when creating performance, particularly with relatively inexperienced and often vulnerable groups of people who are being asked to both tell and stage their stories. The two sections bring together theoretical and practical ways for theatre-makers to examine the ethics of their applied theatre projects.

Read More »

Collaborative Embodied Performance: Ecologies of Skill

This book is about joint intelligence in action. It brings together scholarship in performance studies, cognitive science, sociology, literature, anthropology, psychology, architecture, philosophy and sport science to ask how tightly knit collaboration works. Contributors apply innovative methodologies to detailed case studies of martial arts, social interaction, freediving, site-specific artworks, Body Weather, human-AI music composition, Front-of-House at Shakespeare’s Globe, acrobatics and failing at handstands. In each investigation, performance and theory are mutually revealing, informative and captivating.

Read More »

Inside the Rehearsal Room

With an exclusive focus on text-based theatre-making, Inside the Rehearsal Room is both an instructional and conceptual examination of the rehearsal process. Drawing on professional practice and underpinned by theory, this book moves through each stage of rehearsals, considering the inter-connectivity between the actor, director, designers and the backstage team, and how the cumulative effect of the weeks in rehearsal influences the final production.

Read More »

Postdramatic Theatre in India

This book revisits Hans-Thies Lehmann’s theory of the postdramatic and participates in the ongoing debate on the theatre paradigm by placing contemporary Indian performance within it. None of the Indian theatre-makers under study built their works directly on the Euro-American model of postdramatic theatre, but many have used its vocabulary and apparatus in innovative, transnational ways. Their principal aim was to invigorate the language of Indian urban theatre, which had turned stale under the stronghold of realism inherited from colonial stage practice after independence.

Read More »

Telling our Stories of Home

What is home? The answer seems obvious. But Telling Our Stories of Home, an international collection of eleven plays by and about women from Lebanon, Haiti, Venezuela, Uganda, Palestine, Brazil, India, UK, and the US, complicates the answer.
These are voices seldom represented to a larger audience. The plays and performance pieces include a mix of monologue, duologue, and ensemble plays, allowing fantastic performance opportunities particularly in an age of social-distancing with flexible casts that together invite the theme of home to be performed and studied on the page.

Read More »

The Art of Dramaturgy

Anne Cattaneo was among the first Americans to fill the role of dramaturg, one of theatre’s best kept secrets. A combination of theatre artist, scholar, researcher, play advocate, editor, and writer’s friend, it is the job of a dramaturg to ‘reflect light back on the elements that are already in play,’ while bringing a work of theatre to life. Cattaneo traces the field from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the present and chronicles the multitude and variety of tasks a dramaturg undertakes before, during, and after a production is brought to the stage.

Read More »

The Dramaturgy of Space

In Ramón Griffero’s seminal work, The Dramaturgy of Space, the playwright and director describes his aesthetic philosophy and theoretical approach to theatrical creation, illustrating his theory through practical application in a series of exercises. His book also reinforces the practicality of Griffero’s concepts through a series of online videos, breaking down each exercise and allowing readers to engage with the effects of his celebrated approach.

Read More »

Toward a Future Theatre: Conversations during a Pandemic

Featuring conversations with theatre makers in the US and UK during the first 8 months of the Covid-19 lockdown, this collection reveals the innovations in digital theatre as artists, companies and theatres had to adjust to the restrictions and formulate new ways of working and reaching audiences. Besides documenting in their own words the work that was generated, this book captures the artists’ dreams for a new post-Covid reality in which theatre is reimagined and issues of racial and economic injustice are addressed.

Read More »

Editorial Board

Notes on Authors

Volume 13 Notes on Authors

Our authors for this volume are: Nicola Abraham, Taiwo Afolabi, Faustina Brew, James Clarke, Isabelle Gatt, Rachel Hudspith, Jemma Llewellyn, Sofia Martyn and Andrew Novell.

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Volume 13 Notes on Authors

Our authors for this volume are: Nicola Abraham, Taiwo Afolabi, Faustina Brew, James Clarke, Isabelle Gatt, Rachel Hudspith, Jemma Llewellyn, Sofia Martyn and Andrew Novell.

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