This book asks that we consider the practices that facilitate audience participation on equal terms with other elements of the theatre maker's art; it offers a theoretical basis for this new approach, illustrated by examples from diverse participatory performances.
Gareth White is a Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, UK.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Audience Participation 2. Why 'Aesthetics'? 3. The Practice and Theory of Audience Participation 4. Emancipating Spectators 5. Subjectivity as Material and Medium 6. The Structure of the Book PART I: PROCESS AND PROCEDURE 7. Antony Jackson and Frame Analysis 8. Goffman's Frame Analysis 9. The Frame Analysis of Audience Participation 10. Roles and Resources 11. Working Inside the Frame 12. Control and Social Structure 13. Horizons of Participation 14. The Aesthetic Meaning of Agency 15. Armadillo Theatre 16. Analysing Armadillo's Procedure PART II: RISK AND RATIONAL ACTION 17. Risk in Performance 18. Real and Perceived Risk 19. Actual Risk in Audience Participation 20. Horizons of Risk 21. Risk Management as Procedural Authorship 22. Ethical Issues in the Management of Real and Perceived Risk 23. Protecting Participants into Involvement 24. Reading the Audience Participant 25. Performativity and the Public Self 26. Know One's Fool PART III: IRRATIONAL INTERACTIONS 27. Emotion in Audience Participation 28. Embodied Cognition and the Enactive Theory of Mind 29. Empathy and Intersubjectivity in Audience Participation 30. Laughter 31. Crowds 32. Liminality and Communitas 33. Hypnosis 34. Procedural Authorship and Harnessing Intersubjectivity 35. De La Guarda's Liminoid Participation 36. Embodiment, Enculturation and Meaning PART IV: ACCEPTING THE INVITATION 37. Theatre Audiences and Feedback Loops 38. A New Horizon 39. Weather on the Horizon 40. Gaining Roles and Responsibilities 41. Experiential Learning 42. Reflexivity and Witnessing 43. Self-Awareness and Self-Forgetfulness 44. Autopoiesis, Allopoiesis, Heteropoiesis 45. Tim Crouch: The Author and I, Malvolio Conclusion 46. The Procedural Author 47. The Aesthetic Theory 48. Making Special 49. Patterning and Elaborating Participation 50. The Aesthetic Regime