An accessible survey of the development of naturalism and its effects on modern-day theatre. Taking into account the philosophical, scientific and aesthetic ideas that constituted the movement during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the book examines why naturalism is still a dominant mode of performance in theatre.
Kenneth Pickering is founder/director of the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education in London and is Honorary Professor of Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, UK. He was also Professor of Theatre and Visiting Scholar in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Washington State, USA. Kenneth is the author of Studying Modern Drama and Theatre Studies. Jayne Thompson is Lecturer in the Drama and Theatre Studies department at the University of Kent, UK where she is also the Subject Specialist in Drama. Her teaching is focused on Naturalism, site-specific performance, contemporary performance practice and applied theatre, she is particularly interested in the untrained body in performance. Jayne is also a Director of Scratch Arts (community based contemporary performance company).
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Timeline PART I: INTRODUCING NATURALISM Initial Definitions Manifestos PART II: NATURALISM IN ITS CONTEXT The European Scene The Search for Truth PART III: PLAYS, PLAYERS AND PLAYHOUSES Meiningen - A prelude to Naturalism Andre Antoine and The Theatre Libre Otto Brahm and the Freie Buhne Moscow Art Theatre PART IV: THE LEGACY The Immediate Legacy The Royal Court Again Verbatim Theatre Bibliography Index
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