Britain Had Talent: A History of Variety Theatre

Hardcover | October 30, 2012

byOliver Double

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In the first major academic work to examine British variety theatre, Double provides a detailed history of this art form and analyzes its performance dynamics and techniques. Encompassing singers, comedians, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists and diverse specialty acts, this vibrant book draws on a series of new interviews with variety veterans.

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In the first major academic work to examine British variety theatre, Double provides a detailed history of this art form and analyzes its performance dynamics and techniques. Encompassing singers, comedians, dancers, magicians, ventriloquists and diverse specialty acts, this vibrant book draws on a series of new interviews with variety...

OLIVER DOUBLE is a senior lecturer in Drama at the University of Kent, UK. Once a stand-up comedian himself, his teaching in this area is highly acclaimed and has received national media attention. He is the author of Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-Up Comedy (Methuen, 2005) and Stand Up! On Being a Comedian (Methuen, 19...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230284590

ISBN - 13:9780230284593

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
PART I: HISTORY OF VARIETY PERFORMANCE
Britain's Got Talent
The Variety Bill
Music Hall becomes Variety
The Golden Age of Variety
Variety Falls Apart
PART II: PERFORMANCE DYNAMICS
Personality
Participation
Skill
Novelty
PART III: VARIETY PERFORMANCE TODAY
Variety Now
Bibliography

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"An interesting, well written and colorful history of the variety form, which will appeal to students, researchers and general readers. It is chockfull of material which is well organized and referenced - the content is terrific." - Jason Price, Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies, University of Sussex, UK