"Feminist Theatre Practice" is a practical guide to theatre-making which explores the different ways of representing or "seeing" gender. Designed to take the reader through the various stages of making feminist theatre--from warming up, through workshopped exploration, to performance--this volume is grouped into three clear and instructive parts: Women in the Workshop; Dramatic Texts, Feminist Contexts; and Gender and Devising Projects. "A Handbook of Feminist Theatre Practice" encompasses the main elements of feminist theatre, whether practical or theoretical, covers topics such as the body, feminist working practices, the canon and feminist aesthetics.
What's the best way to learn about the different periods in theatre history? By example, of course! In "A Brief History of Theatre," the audience is taken on a tour of theatre history by presenting (almost) the same story in three styles: Ancient Greek, Elizabethan, and Modern Musical. The fourth wall is irreparably broken as two Announcers introduce and comment on three separate yet inseparable plays: "Four Against a Serpent," "All's Well That's Dressed in Armor," and "Sammy & Kate." Designed for flexible casting, the show has twenty-three speaking roles (not counting the Greek Chorus) and room for plenty of extras, but can be performed with as few as nine actors of any gender.
Acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, the extraordinary evolution of dramatic literature here is an all-embracing and richly illustrated history, global in scope and ranging from the ancient origins of the theatre in the choral hymns sung around the altar of Dionysus to the fascinating variety of forms that it has taken in our own age.
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