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Performative Criticism and Creative Critical Writing

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay ‘Against Interpretation’ called for new modes of engagement with art that bypassed the hermeneutic quest to decode meaning and that focused instead on surfaces, forms and appearances. Her critique challenged...
...On 7 July 2008 at 1:49pm, Canadian theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck posted a round-up of reviews of the Shaw Festival’s production of A Little Night Music on his Globe and Mail blog. Included amongst the notices was one written...

Between Journalism and Art: The Location of Criticism in the Twenty-First Century

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...‘[I]t seems impossible to express what the practice of writing a commissioned piece to a deadline actually feels like’, writes Tom Paulin, closing the introduction to his collection of criticism, Writing to the Moment (1996: xiv). He...

Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes

Duška Radosavljević

Duška Radosavljević is a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent. She has previously worked as the dramaturg at the Northern Stage Ensemble, an education practitioner at the RSC and as a theatre critic for the Stage newspaper. She is the editor of The Contemporary Ensemble (Routledge, 2013) and author of Theatre-Making (Palgrave, 2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Define a landscape.For a start, where does it begin and where does it end?It depends on where you are standing, your point of view and the breadth of your field of vision. Inevitably, the notion of a landscape presupposes the existence...

Do They Mean Me? A Survey of Fictional Theatre Critics

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...One of the most memorable sequences in Waiting for Godot (1956) comes in act two as the two tramps Vladimir and Estragon are losing patience with each other. They trade a series of insults that escalate in intensity. Vladimir kicks off...

Conversation and Criticism: Audiences and Unfinished Critical Thinking

Matthew Reason

Matthew Reason is Professor of Theatre and Performance at York St John University, UK. Publications include Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (2006), The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children's Experiences of Theatre (2010) and, co-edited with Dee Reynolds, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Contexts (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...The conversation takes place between eight of us; sitting in a circle in an upstairs room of the Tramway in Glasgow, just after watching Needcompany’s The Porcelain Project. It is essentially an aftershow conversation, much like the many...

Teh Internet is a Serious Business

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Megan Vaughan’s review of the Royal Court production Teh Internet Is a Serious Business was originally published on her blog Synonyms for Churlish on 23 September 2014 (...

How to Think Like a Theatre Critic

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This piece was originally written for the Australian literary magazine Island and was published in No. 137 in 2014. At first, you mustn’t think. You arrive at the place assigned for performance. It may be a theatre, it may be a shed...

Articism (Art + Criticism) and the Live Birds of Passionate Response

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I Criticism is a form of agon. It deals with the interpretative dissent of the performance observers, as well as with the social dissent built into the performance by its makers. In my case, it is also a durational...

Criticism as a Political Event

Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...As the lights dim, I become part of the fabric of this performance. I forget to take notes; perhaps occasionally, I am reminded of something else, creeping in from the edges of my memory, and this gives my encounter, in that moment...