Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada by Alan FilewodCommitting Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada by Alan Filewod

Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada

byAlan Filewod

Paperback | September 26, 2011

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Committing Theatre offers the first full-length historical study of political intervention theatre and theatrical spectatorship in English Canada. Building on twenty years of research and engagement in the field, this book’s historical narrative frames close-up examples of how theatre artists have intervened in and engaged with political struggle from the mid-19th century to the present. Lumber-camp mock trials, Mayday parades and street protests, the Workers Theatre Movement, agitprop theatre, the counter-culture theatre of the 1960s and 1970s, and more recent anarchist theatre collectives all played a role in a vibrant and unique radical theatre culture that went largely unnoticed, unrecorded, and undocumented by the professional theatre establishment.

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Alan Filewod is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph and a recognized authority on Canada’s theatre history. He has been involved in political theatre for over thirty years.
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Title:Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:September 26, 2011Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926662768

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Purposeful Performance and Theatrical Refusals
  • Chapter 2: Class, Spectatorship, and the Unruly: The Nineteenth Century
  • Chapter 3: Mobilized Theatre and the Invention of Agitprop
  • Chapter 4: Six Comrades and a Suitcase: From Agitprop to "Eight Men Speak"
  • Chapter 5: Crafting Theatre Work: Mid-Century Radicalism
  • Chapter 6: Generation Agitprop, with Puppets
  • Chapter 7: A Case of Cultural Sabotage: The Mummers Troupe
  • Chapter 8: Powering Structures and Popular Theatre
  • Chapter 9: Out There: Digital Spaces, Chaos Aesthetics, Heritage Guerillas
  • Chapter 10: Out There, In Here
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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[Committing Theatre is an absolutely essential book in its field–fuelled by a passion for theatre that makes a difference–and will permanently change the way in which theatre in Canada is understood.”