Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, this book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance.
ELAINE ASTON and GERALDINE HARRIS are theatre professors based at Lancaster University, UK. Elaine's publications include Feminist Views on the English Stage (2003) and Caryl Churchill (3rd edition, 2010). Geraldine's previous publications include Staging Femininities (1999) and Beyond Representation: The Politics and Aesthetics of Television Drama (2006). Together they have co-edited Feminist Futures: Theatre, Performance, Theory (2006) and co-authored Performance Practice and Process: Contemporary [Women] Practitioners (2008).
Acknowledgements Introduction: 'A Good Night Out For the Girls' Jam and Jerusalem/ Sentimentality and Feminism: Calendar Girls Roaring Women and Class Acts: The Naked Truth and the Chippendales' Ultimate Girls Night Out Age Liberation: Susan Boyle, 'Grumpy Old Women' and Virginia Ironside's Monologues Once More with Feeling: Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species and Nic Green's Trilogy Work, Family, Romance and the Utopian Sensibilities of the Chick Megamusical Mamma Mia! The Ghosts of New Burlesque Entertaining Others: Shappi Khorsandi and Andi Osho 'Are We There Yet?' - Final Reflections & Marisa Carnesky's Ghost Train Bibliography Index