This core text offers insight into theatre-making that takes place in communities across the world. Offering an overview of the theory that underpins practice in applied drama, this thought-provoking text outlines practices in the context of contemporary political and theoretical concerns. It considers the role of artists who work in challenging settings, including prisons, schools, hostels for the homeless, care homes for the elderly and on the street. In so doing, the book poses critical questions about the aesthetics and ethics of applied theatre. It also invites debate about the environments in which applied theatre takes place.
Written by an experienced academic in the field, this lively text is the ideal introductory text for students on Applied Theatre degree programmes and those taking Applied Theatre modules on Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies programmes. It is also essential reading for practitioners of applied theatre looking for a comprehensive insight into theatre-making and its impact in an increasingly globalized world.
Helen Nicholson is Professor of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where she specialises in applied theatre and contemporary performance. She is co-editor of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and author of numerous books, including Theatre, Education and Performance: The Map and the Story.
Acknowledgements.- General Editors' Preface.- 1. An Introduction to Applied Drama, Theatre and Performance.- PART I: PARTICIPATION AND PRAXIS 2. The Practice of Citizenship.- 3. Pedagogies, Praxis and Performance.- PART II: NARRATIVES AND NARRATIVITY 4. Narrative and the Gift of Storytelling.- 5. Community Narratives: Space, Place and Time.- PART III: CREATIVITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 6. Creativity and Social Intervention.- 7. Human Rights in Performance.- PART IV: EPILOGUE 8. The Gift of Theatre.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.