The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Theatre de Complicite, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: 'What is devised theatre?'; 'Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?' and 'How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?'
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Devising and Physical Performance Devising and Visual Performance Devising and Political Theatre Devising and Communities Contemporary Devising and Physical Theatre Contemporary Devising and Postmodern Performance Devising the Mainstream Notes Further Reading Index
JANE MILLING has taught devising in the studio and the seminar room at Sheffield and Exeter universities, UK. She is co-author, with Graham Ley, of Modern Theories of Performance (Palgrave, 2001), and co-editor, with Peter Thomson, of the first volume of The Cambridge History of British Theatre (CUP, 2001). She has edited Studies in Theatre and Performance and has written several articles on Restoration drama, gender and politics. DEIRDRE HEDDON is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. Her previous writing has been broadcast on BBC R4, has toured around Scotland, and has been published in anthologies of fiction and on the web. Recent articles have appeared in Studies in Theatre and Performance and in Research in Drama Education.