Meaning and Performance

  • Anthony Frost
  • Ralph Yarrow
Part of the New Directions in Theatre book series (NDT)


Improvisation promotes the capacity for creating meanings. Those meanings are created in performance, as a process occurring in the present moment. We now turn to some ways in which improvisation illuminates the nature of performative acts: how it amends, revises or interferes with the meanings they appear to offer, how it may interact with texts of various kinds, and how it may suggest alternative models or roles for performance (particularly of theatre) in the context of society.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Julian Hilton, Performance ( London: Macmillan, 1988 ) pp. 4–5.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    Jacques Derrida, L’Ecriture et la Différence ( Paris, Seuil, 1967 ).Google Scholar
  3. A. Bass, Writing and Difference ( London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978 ).Google Scholar
  4. 15.
    Cf. Roland Barthes, ‘The Rhetoric of the Image’, in Imagel Music/Text trans. Stephen Heath (New York: Hill & Wang, 1977) esp. pp. 38–40.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Anthony Frost and Ralph Yarrow 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Frost
  • Ralph Yarrow

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations