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Reframing Immersive Theatre

The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Takes an accessible, interdisciplinary approach to reconsidering immersive theatre

  • Provides an insight into the world of immersive theatre through interviews with practitioners and theatre companies

  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the origins and direction of this growing theatrical genre

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Facilitating Immersive Performance: Ethics and Practicalities

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 135-136
    2. Reflections on Immersion and Interaction

      • non zero one
      Pages 137-144
    3. Immersive Performance and the Marketplace: The Hit

      • Sherrill Gow, Merryn Owen
      Pages 199-202
  3. Where Material Meets Magic: Theories, Histories, and Myths of Immersive Participation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 203-205

About this book

This diverse collection of essays and testimonies challenges critical orthodoxies about the twenty-first century boom in immersive theatre and performance. A culturally and institutionally eclectic range of producers and critics comprehensively reconsider the term ‘immersive’ and the practices it has been used to describe. Applying ecological, phenomenological and political ideas to both renowned and lesser-known performances, contributing scholars and artists offers fresh ideas on the ethics and practicalities of participatory performance. These ideas interrogate claims that have frequently been made by producers and by critics that participatory performance extends engagement. These claims are interrogated across nine dimensions of engagement: bodily, technological, spatial, temporal, spiritual, performative, pedagogical, textual, social. Enquiry is focussed along the following seams of analysis: the participant as co-designer; the challenges facing the facilitator of immersive/participatory performance; the challenges facing the critic of immersive/participatory performance; how and why immersion troubles boundaries between the material and the magical.

Keywords

  • immersive theatre
  • intermedial theatre
  • contemporary theatre
  • site-specific theatre
  • experimental performance
  • audience interaction
  • audience participation
  • audience experience
  • experience economy
  • immersive engagement
  • commodified experience
  • Punchdrunk
  • The Drowned Man
  • Sleep No More
  • Ockham's Razor
  • phantasmagoria
  • possible worlds theory
  • somatic practices
  • fourth wall
  • ethics
  • participation
  • performance
  • philosophy
  • politics
  • theatre

Editors and Affiliations

  • Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    James Frieze

About the editor

James Frieze is the author of Naming Theatre: Demonstrative Diagnosis in Performance (2009) and essays on contemporary performance in various journals and collections. Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, his teaching and production work focusses on devising, improvisation, and contemporary performance. He is currently working on a monograph on theatre and the forensic turn.

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Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-137-36604-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)