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At a time when so many people are engaged in its study, contemporary theatre and performance have never been more challenging. Terms like 'postmodern' and 'postdramatic' have their own contested histories and no easily agreed upon meaning. 'Truth' in verbatim theatre is open to challenge rather than being assumed and theatre writing is a practice that can sometimes result in no words being spoken and nothing appearing on the page.New Performance/New Writing offers contextualisation and guidance on innovative approaches to writing for performance. It explores a wide range of performance practices, including immersive and solo theatre, autoethnography and applied drama, from the perspective of performance writing, covering plot, story, narrative and devising. This new edition has been updated throughout and features:- an expanded timeline, linking key moments in theatre to socio-political events- case studies on practitioners, including diverse groups such as Kneehigh, Punch Drunk and Forced Entertainment- questions, stimuli and workshops allowing readers to test the book's ideas in practice
John Freeman is Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Language Sciences at the University of St Mark and St John, UK. Prior to taking up this post he was Head of Theatre at Falmouth University, Associate Professor in Performance Studies at Curtin University and Reader in Theatre at Brunel University London. Freeman has written six books on theatre and numerous articles on the relationship between performance, creative research and education. His 2010 book, Blood, Sweat & Theory remains a bestselling title in the field of practice based research and is on university reading lists in 30 countries.
Table of Contents
21+ Questions for Theatre MakersIntroduction: What this book is, and how to read it.1. Preparing the Ground for Study2. New Contexts, New Forms, New VoicesTheatre Timeline: 1900 to the Nearly Now3. Nothing Dates Like the Nearly New: Futurism, Surrealism, Dada and a Century of Change4. Writing the Modern: Something Old, Something New5. Writing the Body, Writing the Self6. Writing the Written, Writing the GroupBibliographyIndex