Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond by James ThompsonApplied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond by James Thompson

Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond

byJames Thompson

Paperback | May 29, 2012

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Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond explores the practice of theatre in communities and social institutions with marginalised groups. It shifts between contexts and countries to examine different ways that theatre has been applied to a wide range of social issues. Theatre projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom are analysed to argue for a complex and questioning view of the practice. Initiatives in prisons, developing countries, war situations and participatory research projects become the sites to interrogate the claims that applied theatre can be a theatre for social change.
Many practitioners and researchers have witnessed powerful applied theatre projects but nonetheless struggled to articulate the reasons for the projects’ success. This book uses the questions inspired by that perplexity to create a case for applied theatre as a major area of contemporary theatre practice.
James Thompson is Professor of Applied and Social Theatre at the University of Manchester, where he is also Director of the In Place of War project and a Director of the Centre for Applied Theatre Research. He has run applied theatre projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom a...
Title:Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and BeyondFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1906165432

ISBN - 13:9781906165437


Table of Contents

Contents: On the Matter of Action – Theatre in Bewilderment – Atelier Théâtre Burkinabé: Applied Theatre and the Bourgeois Gentilhomme – Theatre Action Research: A Democracy of the Ground – Becoming Ethical.

Editorial Reviews

«It’s a pleasure to review a book, which also turns out to be so personally useful […] a provocative and fascinating read.» (Prof. Jonothan Neelands, Research in Drama Education) «This is a theoretically complex account that […] lays stress on the crucial role of facilitators in welcoming difficulty and complexity whilst offering participants and colleagues creative development with containment, support and ethical awareness. Necessary reading.» (Frances Rifkin, practitioner, Artistic Director of Utopia Arts and author of ‘The Ethics of Participatory Theatre in Higher Education’, 2010) «Interesting, thought provoking and deeply inspiring, Thompson’s book unravels the most fundamental concerns of practising theatre in non-theatre contexts. His personal reflections provide essential insights into the world of applied theatre, its challenges, its controversies and even its beauty. This book is a key resource for anyone interested in applied theatre.» (Dr Zoe Zontou, Teaching Fellow, Liverpool Hope University)