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Beyond Immersive Theatre: Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation

Alston, A (2016) Beyond Immersive Theatre: Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

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Abstract

Immersive theatre currently enjoys ubiquity, popularity and recognition in theatre journalism and scholarship. However, the politics of immersive theatre aesthetics still lacks a substantial critique. Does immersive theatre model a particular kind of politics, or a particular kind of audience? What’s involved in the production and consumption of immersive theatre aesthetics? Is a productive audience always an empowered audience? And do the terms of an audience’s empowerment stand up to political scrutiny? Beyond Immersive Theatre contextualises these questions by tracing the evolution of neoliberal politics and the experience economy over the past four decades. Through detailed critical analyses of work by Ray Lee, Lundahl & Seitl, Punchdrunk, shunt, Theatre Delicatessen and Half Cut, Adam Alston argues that there is a tacit politics to immersive theatre aesthetics – a tacit politics that is illuminated by neoliberalism, and that is ripe to be challenged by the evolution and diversification of immersive theatre.

Item Type: Book
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Alston, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 21 March 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords : immersive theatre, audience participation, theatre in the dark, neoliberalism, experience economy, productivity, productive participation, narcissistic participation, entrepreneurial participation, affect, risk, Punchdrunk, shunt, Lundahl & Seitl, Ray Lee, Theatre Delicatessen, Half Cut
Additional Information : Copyright 2016 Palgrave Macmillan. Full text not available from this repository.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jan 2016 15:08
Last Modified : 27 Jan 2016 15:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809774

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