Performing Women

Stand-ups, Strumpets and Itinerants


Author: Alison Oddey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349277207

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 299

View: 7424

Alison Oddey's interviews with prominent performing women span generations, cultures, perspectives, practice and the best part of the twentieth century, telling various stories collectively. Stand-ups, 'classic' actresses, film and television personalities, experimental and 'alternative' practitioners discuss why they want to perform, what motivates them, and how their personal history has contributed to their desires to perform. Oddey's critical introductory and concluding chapters analyse both historical and cultural contexts and explore themes arising from interviews. These include sense of identity, acting as playing (recapturing and revisiting childhood), displacement of roots, performing, motherhood and 'being', performing comedy, differences between theatre, film and television performance, attitudes towards and relationships with audiences, and working with directors. The prominent subtext of motherhood reveals a consciousness of split subjectivities with and beyond performance.

Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell


Author: Barbara Ozieblo,Jerry Dickey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134136749

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 427

Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell presents critical introductions to two of the most significant American dramatists of the early twentieth century. Glaspell and Treadwell led American Theatre from outdated melodrama to the experimentation of great European playwrights like Ibsen, Strindberg and Shaw. This is the first book to deal with Glaspell and Treadwell’s plays from a theatrical, rather than literary, perspective, and presents a comprehensive overview of their work from lesser known plays to seminal productions of Trifles and Machinal. Although each woman pursued her own themes, subjects and manner of stage production, this shared volume underscores the theatrical and cultural conditions influencing female playwrights in modern America.

Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War


Author: Christopher B. Balme,Berenika Szymanski-Düll

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319480847

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 350

View: 6296

This book examines how the Cold War had a far-reaching impact on theatre by presenting a range of current scholarship on the topic from scholars from a dozen countries. They represent in turn a variety of perspectives, methodologies and theatrical genres, including not only Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, but also Polish folk-dancing, documentary theatre and opera production. The contributions demonstrate that there was much more at stake and a much larger investment of ideological and economic capital than a simple dichotomy between East versus West or socialism versus capitalism might suggest. Culture, and theatrical culture in particular with its high degree of representational power, was recognized as an important medium in the ideological struggles that characterize this epoch. Most importantly, the volume explores how theatre can be reconceptualized in terms of transnational or even global processes which, it will be argued, were an integral part of Cold War rivalries.

West End Women

Women and the London Stage 1918 - 1962


Author: Maggie Gale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134886721

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 1304

Maggie Gale's West End Women uncovers groundbreaking material about women playwrights and the staging of their performances between the years 1918 and 1962. It documents a dynamic era of social and theatrical history, analysing the transformations that occurred in the theatre and the lives of British women in relation to specific plays of the period. Focusing on the work of playwrights such as Dodie Smith, Clemence Dane, Gordon Daviot and Bridget Boland, Maggie Gale examines the cultural and political context within which they enjoyed commercial success and great notoriety.

On Directing

Interviews with Directors


Author: Gabriella Giannachi,Mary Luckhurst

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466887540

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 142

View: 6186

The profession of directing is barely a century old. On Directing considers the position of the director in theater and performance today. What is a director? How do they begin work on a play or performance? What methods are used in rehearsal? Is the director an enabler, a collaborator or dictator? As we enter the new millennium, is the very concept of directing under increasing threat from changes in thinking and practice? The full diversity of today's approaches to directing are explored through a series of interviews with leading contemporary practitioners. On Directing is a landmark book about the director's craft.

Design for performance

from Diaghilev to the Pet Shop Boys


Author: Peter Docherty,Tim White

Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers


Category: Art

Page: 240

View: 6405

Red Demon


Author: Hideki Noda

Publisher: Oberon Books


Category: Drama

Page: 80

View: 6447

Hideki Noda is Japan's foremost writer, director and actor.

Make Space!

Design for Theatre and Alternative Spaces


Author: Kate Burnett,Peter Ruthven Hall

Publisher: N.A


Category: Set designers

Page: 131

View: 6282

An illustrated collection of contemporary British set, costume and lighting designs, including the design of performance spaces. Published to accompany a national exhibition, this book represents 165 theatre productions, the work of 244 practising stage and theatre designers, and 12 contributing theatre buildings.



Author: J.B. Priestley

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849435723

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 6908

"So all the time, while you were pretending to work, you've been having the most astonishing adventures in that corner?" As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led... Written for Ralph Richardson in 1935, Priestley observes the politics and tensions of daily office life with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heart-breaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business.



Author: Sophie Treadwell

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854592118

Category: Social Science

Page: 83

View: 8139

Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair. Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage. Successfully premiered on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov's version in Moscow in 1933, and was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the 1990s.

Sophie Treadwell

A Research and Production Sourcebook


Author: Jerry Richard Dickey

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 269

View: 3951

Details the life and career of Sophie Treadwell and traces the critical reception of her work.

Masterplots II: Lie-Ser


Author: Christian Hollis Moe

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 9781587651199

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 465

View: 3646

Masterplots II: Drama Series covers plays by important 20th century playwrights, such as Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill, George Bernard Shaw, Neil Simon and Tennessee Williams, among others. Each essay contains birth and death dates, time and place of the work's first performance and publication, the play's setting, and principal characters with brief descriptions. the overview section includes a summary of the action and plot; insights into issues in the play, a description of plot devices, staging techniques and characterization, and a perspective on the critical context.



Author: Euripides,Friedrich Gotthold Schöne

Publisher: N.A



Page: 120

View: 9998



Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646923490

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 3079

Michael Morpurgos Geschichte von Freundschaft und Krieg, mit Bildern aus dem Film von Steven Spielberg "Es gibt also keinen Weg?", fragte Albert. "Ich kann nichts tun?" "Nichts", sagte Captain Nicholls. "Dein Pferd gehört jetzt der Armee und du bist zu jung, um dich einzuschreiben. Mach dir keine Sorgen - wir kümmern uns um Joey. Ich selbst werde ein Auge auf ihn haben, das verspreche ich dir." "Gefährten" erzählt die bewegende Geschichte des Pferdes Joey, das 1914 an die Armee verkauft wird. Joey erlebt an vorderster Front die Schrecken des Ersten Weltkrieges, doch auch in den schwersten Stunden berührt er mit seinem Mut und seiner Zähigkeit die Menschen um ihn herum.

New Theatre Quarterly 47: Volume 12


Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521565011

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 1741

One of a series discussing topics of interest in theatre studies from theoretical, methodological, philosophical and historical perspectives. The books are aimed at drama and theatre teachers, advanced students in schools and colleges, arts authorities, actors, playwrights, critics and directors.

Das Haus in Cold Hill



Author: Peter James

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104903085

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 2660

Spannend und herrlich schaurig: Englands Bestsellerautor Peter James hat eine hervorragende, gruselige Geistergeschichte geschrieben. Für Ollie und Caro Harcourt und ihre Tochter Jade ist es ein wirkliches Abenteuer: Ihr neues Zuhause ist ein riesiger, verfallener alter Kasten. Genau das Richtige, um es von Grund auf zu sanieren, eine veritable Geldanlage. Doch die Harcourts sind nicht die einzigen Bewohner. Ungewöhnliche Dinge gehen hier vor sich, eine gespenstische Frau in Grau wandelt durch die Flure. Als die verängstigten Harcourts schließlich die dunkle Geschichte von Cold Hill erfahren, ahnen sie, dass ihr Leben auf dem Spiel stehen könnte.

British Avant-Garde Theatre


Author: C. Warden

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137020695

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

View: 3750

This book explores an under-researched body of work from the early decades of the twentieth century, connecting plays, performances and practitioners together in dynamic dialogues. Moving across national, generational and social borders, the book reads experiments in Britain during this period alongside theatrical innovations overseas.