British Pantomime Performance

Author: Millie Taylor

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841501743

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 7654

Three of Charles Dickens's much-loved Christmas novellas-The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man-are brought to life in this classic audiobook collection.

The Broadview Anthology of Nineteenth-Century British Performance

Author: Tracy C. Davis

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1551119005

Category: Drama

Page: 684

View: 9805

This collection provides a representative set of theatrical performances popular on the nineteenth-century British stage. All are newly edited critical editions that account for variant sources reflecting the process of rehearsal, licensing, and production. Detailed introductions and extensive notes explain the texts’ relationship to repertoires, the circulating discourses of intelligibility that constantly recombine in performance. The plays address the topical concerns of slavery, imperial conquest, capitalism, interculturalism, uprisings at home and abroad, modernist aesthetic innovation, and the celebration of collective identities. Adaptations from novels, travelogues, and other plays are discussed along with the theatrical history that sustained these works on the stage.

Representing China on the Historical London Stage

From Orientalism to Intercultural Performance

Author: Dongshin Chang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135007500

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

View: 6935

This book provides a critical study of how China was represented on the historical London stage in selected examples from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century—which corresponds with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China’s last monarchy. The examples show that during this historical period, the stage representations of the country were influenced in turn by Jesuit writings on China, Britain’s expanding material interest in China, the presence of British imperial power in Asia, and the establishment of diasporic Chinese communities abroad. While finding that many of these works may be read as gendered and feminized, Chang emphasizes that the Jesuits’ depiction of China as a country of high culture and in perennial conflict with the Tartars gradually lost prominence in dramatic imaginations to depictions of China’s material and visual attractions. Central to the book’s argument is that the stage representations of China were inherently intercultural and open to new influences, manifested by the evolving combinations of Chinese and English (British) traits. Through the dramatization of the Chinese Other, the representations questioned, satirized, and put in sharp relief the ontological and epistemological bases of the English (British) Self.

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Author: Gail Ashton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144116068X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 8765

With contributions from 29 leading international scholars, this is the first single-volume guide to the appropriation of medieval texts in contemporary culture. Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture covers a comprehensive range of media, including literature, film, TV, comics book adaptations, electronic media, performances, and commercial merchandise and tourism. Its lively chapters range from Spamalot to the RSC, Beowulf to Merlin, computer games to internet memes, opera to Young Adult fiction and contemporary poetry, and much more. Also included is a companion website aimed at general readers, academics, and students interested in the burgeoning field of Medieval afterlives, complete with: - Further reading/weblinks - 'My favourite' guides to contemporary medieval appropriations - Images and interviews - Guide to library archives and manuscript collections - Guide to heritage collection See also our website at

Popular Performance

Author: Adam Ainsworth,Oliver Double,Louise Peacock

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474247350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 2128

There is no fourth wall in popular performance. The show is firmly rooted in the here and now, and the performers address the audience directly, while the audience answer back with laughter, applause or heckling. Performer and role are interlaced, so that we are left uncertain about just how the persona we see onstage might relate to the private person who presents it to us. Popular Performance defines and surveys varieties of performance where the main purpose is to entertain, and where there is no shame in being trivial, frivolous or nonsensical as long as people go home happy at the end of the show. Contributions by new and established scholars focus particularly on how it is made, explaining the techniques of performance and production that make it so appealing to audiences. With sections examining how popular performance works in a range of historical and contemporary examples, readers will gain insights into: * performance forms associated with the variety tradition: music hall, vaudeville, cabaret, variety * performance forms associated with circus: wild west shows, clowning * issues relating to the identity of the performer in relation to magic, burlesque, pantomime in contemporary performance * issues relating to venue and audience in relation to contemporary street theatre, stand-up, and live sketch comedy.

Harlequin Britain

Pantomime and Entertainment, 1690–1760

Author: John O'Brien

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801879104

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

View: 4315

In the fall of 1723, two London theaters staged, almost simultaneously, pantomime performances of the Faust story. Unlike traditional five-act plays, pantomime—a bawdy hybrid of dance, music, spectacle, and commedia dell'arte featuring the familiar figure of the harlequin at its center—was a theatrical experience of unprecedented accessibility. The immediate popularity of this new genre drew theater apprentices to the cities to learn the new style, and pantomime became the subject of lively debate within British society. Alexander Pope and Henry Fielding bitterly opposed the intrusion into legitimate literary culture of what they regarded as fairground amusements that appealed to sensation and passion over reason and judgment. In Harlequin Britain, literary scholar John O'Brien examines this new form of entertainment and the effect it had on British culture. Why did pantomime become so popular so quickly? Why was it perceived as culturally threatening and socially destabilizing? O’Brien finds that pantomime’s socially subversive commentary cut through the dampened spirit of debate created by Robert Walpole's one-party rule. At the same time, pantomime appealed to the abstracted taste of the mass audience. Its extraordinary popularity underscores the continuing centrality of live performance in a culture that is most typically seen as having shifted its attention to the written text—in particular, to the novel. Written in a lively style rich with anecdotes, Harlequin Britain establishes the emergence of eighteenth-century English pantomime, with its promiscuous blending of genres and subjects, as a key moment in the development of modern entertainment culture.

Encyclopedia of pantomime

Author: David Pickering,John Morley

Publisher: St James Pr

ISBN: 9781873477458

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 5840



Psychophysical Phenomenon and Process

Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli,Jerri Daboo,Rebecca Loukes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137379057

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

View: 5915

What is the relationship between 'body' and 'mind', 'inner' and 'outer' in any approach to acting? How have different modes of actor training shaped actors' experiences of acting and how they understand their work? Phillip B. Zarrilli, Jerri Daboo and Rebecca Loukes offer insight into such questions, analysing acting as a psychophysical phenomenon and process across cultures and disciplines, and providing in-depth accounts of culturally and historically specific approaches to acting. Individual chapters explore: • psychophysical acting and the legacy of Stanislavsky • European psychophysical practices of dance and theatre • traditional and contemporary psychophysical approaches to performance in India and Japan • insights from the new sciences on the 'situated bodymind' of the actor • intercultural perspectives on acting This lively study is ideal for students and practitioners alike.

New Theatre Quarterly 51: Volume 13

Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521597289

Category: Drama

Page: 105

View: 5362

Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet to question dramatic assumptions.

Audience Participation

Essays on Inclusion in Performance

Author: Susan Kattwinkel

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313316715

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

View: 1891

Brings together essays on direct audience participation in the work of fourteen widely varied theatrical and dance artists, covering performance genres of the past and present, popular entertainment and high art.

Madam I'm Adam

eine Kulturgeschichte des englischen Humors

Author: Hans-Dieter Gelfert

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406547959

Category: Humorous poetry, English

Page: 239

View: 9481


Performance Analysis

An Introductory Coursebook

Author: Colin Counsell,Laurie Wolf

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415224079

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

View: 6403

Brings together texts in critical theory and shows how these texts can be used in the analysis of performance. Themed sections include decoding the sign; the politics of performance; the politics of gender and sexual identity; performing ethnicity; the performing body; the space of performance; audience and spectatorship; and the borders of performance--From publisher description.

Baudelaire's Argot Plastique

Poetic Caricature and Modernism

Author: Ainslie Armstrong McLees

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820334863

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 1547

Exploring the poet's fascination with the affective power of caricature, Baudelaire's “Argot Plastique” charts the movement in Baudelaire's poetry toward a language of visual distortion. McLees demonstrates that caricature, graphically and culturally a vehicle of sharp wit and social commentary, became in Baudelaire's works a poetic expression of the human condition itself. Using its capacity for deflating commentary to subvert the poetic conventions of his age, transferring its range of subjects into a poetry that celebrated the underclass, Baudelaire ultimately focused the lens of poetic caricature on the relation of subject, artist, and viewer. Richly illustrated with lithographs, etchings, and drawings by Goya, Daumier, Grandville, Gavarni, and other caricaturists, Baudelaire's “Argot Plastique” reveals the importance of caricature as a model for Baudelaire's poetry.

Le Forme del teatro

Author: Viola Papetti

Publisher: Ed. di Storia e Letteratura

ISBN: 9788887114041

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 5596


"Oh, yes it is!"

a history of pantomime

Author: Gerald Frow

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 5447


Christmas Pantomime

The Story of an English Institution

Author: Albert Edward Wilson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Pantomime (Christmas entertainment)

Page: 262

View: 1508


Contemporary British Queer Performance

Author: S. Greer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137027339

Category: Psychology

Page: 245

View: 3051

This book examines queer performance in Britain since the early 1990s, arguing for the significance of emerging collaborative modes of practice. Using queer theory and the history of early lesbian and gay theatre to examine claims to representation among other things, it interrogates the relationships through which recent works have been presented.

Victorian Pantomime

A Collection of Critical Essays

Author: J. Davis

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230291783

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

View: 3158

Featuring contributions by new and established nineteenth-century theatre scholars, this collection of critical essays is the first of its kind devoted solely to Victorian pantomime. It takes us through the various manifestations of British pantomime in the Victorian period and its ambivalent relationship with Victorian values.

A History of Pantomime

Author: Maureen Hughes

Publisher: Remember When

ISBN: 1844680770

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

View: 6486

Each Christmas entire families in the UK troop off to see, what one could almost say is 'the obligatory'. annual entertainment, known as Pantomime. It is a traditional, seasonal way of life for the British envied the world over, and one which only the British seem to understand! Pantomime serves both to entertain and to introduce each new generation to the joys of theatre in the most unique of ways, for this is not a type of theatre one merely watches, but one in which the audience participate – often in the most seemingly boisterous and bizarre of ways. The whole experience is steeped in tradition, traditions which only the British seem to understand, which is probably why we are proud to call it a 'British Experience.'??In A History of Pantomime Maureen Hughes takes a brief look at the history of Pantomime as well as taking a humorous look at some of the above mentioned traditions; she also gives a synopsis of each of the well-known Pantomimes whilst exploring the eccentric world of the characters who appear in them. There is also a short piece on just some of the most well-known and loved of the actors who each Christmas take on the part of Pantomime Dames across the UK, as well as a look at others who have contributed to this magical world of fun and eccentricity. It is thought by some to be frivolous and pointless piece of theatre, but a browse through this informative book and you will soon find that Pantomime is an art form all of its own, requiring the most dedicated and talented of actors/actresses who are prepared to honour and perpetuate this wonderful tradition as it is passed down from one generation to the next.??As seen in The Telegraph and the Sunday Post (Glasgow).