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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theatre and Prison

ISBN 9780230247932
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre And

Theatre and Prison investigates how theatre-makers stage critical questions about the use of prison in society. Using examples from popular culture, dramatic texts and applied theatre it analyses how theatre and performance reveals economies of punishment, affects penal reform and both challenges and participates in narratives of reformation.

CAOIMHE MCAVINCHEY is Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. She was a Research Associate with People's Palace Projects (PPP) and has collaborated on a number of large scale projects on the criminal justice system in Brazil and the UK including Staging Human Rights and Changing the Scene.

Series Editors' Preface
Foreword by James Thompson
The Performance of Punishment
Theatre about Prison
Theatre in Prison
Further Reading


A superb contribution to our understanding of the historical and contemporary approaches of prison theatre. A must read for those interested in the power of in the applied theatre, especially within incarcerated populations' - Philip Taylor, Director, New York University's Program in Educational Theatre
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