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Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre

Alston, A and Welton, M (2017) Theatre in the Dark: Shadow, Gloom and Blackout in Contemporary Theatre Methuen Drama Engage . Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781474251181 (Submitted)

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Abstract

This edited collection of essays explores how theatre works in the dark, examining performances that blur the boundary between stage and auditorium by turning out the lights, and the significance of seeing and listening in darkness to some of this new century’s most exciting and innovative theatre artists. Theatre in the Dark responds to the rising tide of experimentation in dark theatre aesthetics, bringing together, for the first time, leading and emerging practitioners and researchers in a volume dedicated to theatre in the dark. As well as examining the history of how theatre lowered the lights in order to see differently, the book also explores the work of a growing number of theatre makers experimenting with the aesthetic potential of darkness, including Sound&Fury, Lundahl & Seitl, Chris Goode, David Rosenberg and Glen Neath. The book is divided into three parts: (1) Dark Aesthetics, (2) Dark Phenomena, and (3) Shadow, Night and Gloom. Opening up a field of research that considers the aesthetics and phenomenology of dark theatre performances, along with their contexts, Theatre in the Dark proposes and explores areas for discussion and debate that will appeal to researchers, practitioners and audiences alike.

Item Type: Book
Subjects : Performing Arts
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Alston, Aa.alston@gsa.surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Welton, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 27 July 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords : Shadow, Gloom, Blackout, Darkness, contemporary theatre, theatre in the dark, pitch-black theatre
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:35
Last Modified : 18 May 2017 13:12
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820651

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