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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Applied Drama

The Gift of Theatre

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137003966
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre and Performance Practices

Applied Drama offers an insight into theatre-making that takes place in communities across the world. It considers the role of artists who work in challenging settings, including prisons, schools, hostels for the homeless, care homes for the elderly and on the street. In this updated second edition, Helen Nicholson provides vivid new examples of practice, and addresses twenty-first century concerns about the environments in which applied theatre takes place.

Ideal for students and practitioners, this lively study poses critical questions about the aesthetics and ethics of applied theatre. It invites debate about the social role of theatre, and explores how interventionist theatre might maintain its radicalism in an increasingly globalized world.

Helen Nicholson is Professor of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, where she specialises in applied theatre and contemporary performance. She is co-editor of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and author of numerous books, including Theatre, Education and Performance: The Map and the Story.

General Editors' Preface
1. An Introduction to Applied Drama, Theatre and Performance
PART I: PARTICIPATION AND PRAXIS 2. The Practice of Citizenship
3. Pedagogies, Praxis and Performance
PART II: NARRATIVES AND NARRATIVITY 4. Narrative and the Gift of Storytelling
5. Community Narratives: Space, Place and Time
PART III: CREATIVITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 6. Creativity and Social Intervention
7. Human Rights in Performance
PART IV: EPILOGUE 8. The Gift of Theatre


"An illuminating, thought-provoking and very enjoyable read, this book continues to be one of the strongest in the field." - Christina Marin, Emerson College, USA
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