British Pantomime Performance

Author: Millie Taylor
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 9781841501741
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Performing Arts

Three of Charles Dickens's much-loved Christmas novellas-The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man-are brought to life in this classic audiobook collection.

The Broadview Anthology of Nineteenth Century British Performance

Author: Tracy C. Davis
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781551119007
Release Date: 2011-12-20
Genre: Drama

This collection provides a representative set of theatrical performances popular on the nineteenth-century British stage. All are newly edited critical editions that account for variant sources reflecting the process of rehearsal, licensing, and production. Detailed introductions and extensive notes explain the texts’ relationship to repertoires, the circulating discourses of intelligibility that constantly recombine in performance. The plays address the topical concerns of slavery, imperial conquest, capitalism, interculturalism, uprisings at home and abroad, modernist aesthetic innovation, and the celebration of collective identities. Adaptations from novels, travelogues, and other plays are discussed along with the theatrical history that sustained these works on the stage.

Harlequin Britain

Author: John O'Brien
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801879108
Release Date: 2004-07-28
Genre: Literary Criticism

In the fall of 1723, two London theaters staged, almost simultaneously, pantomime performances of the Faust story. Unlike traditional five-act plays, pantomime—a bawdy hybrid of dance, music, spectacle, and commedia dell'arte featuring the familiar figure of the harlequin at its center—was a theatrical experience of unprecedented accessibility. The immediate popularity of this new genre drew theater apprentices to the cities to learn the new style, and pantomime became the subject of lively debate within British society. Alexander Pope and Henry Fielding bitterly opposed the intrusion into legitimate literary culture of what they regarded as fairground amusements that appealed to sensation and passion over reason and judgment. In Harlequin Britain, literary scholar John O'Brien examines this new form of entertainment and the effect it had on British culture. Why did pantomime become so popular so quickly? Why was it perceived as culturally threatening and socially destabilizing? O’Brien finds that pantomime’s socially subversive commentary cut through the dampened spirit of debate created by Robert Walpole's one-party rule. At the same time, pantomime appealed to the abstracted taste of the mass audience. Its extraordinary popularity underscores the continuing centrality of live performance in a culture that is most typically seen as having shifted its attention to the written text—in particular, to the novel. Written in a lively style rich with anecdotes, Harlequin Britain establishes the emergence of eighteenth-century English pantomime, with its promiscuous blending of genres and subjects, as a key moment in the development of modern entertainment culture.

Music Hall Mimesis in British Film 1895 1960

Author: Paul Matthew St. Pierre
Publisher: Associated University Presse
ISBN: 0838641911
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Performing Arts

In Music Hall Mimesis in British Film, 1895-1960, Dr. St. Pierre examines strategies of representing British music hall performance (1854-1919) and the performance of the body in British cinema in the silent era (1895-1927) and the sound era (1927-60). The focus is on films of Fred and Joe Evans, Frank Randle, Will Hay, George Formby, Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, Cicely Courtneidge, Jessie Matthews, Norman Evans, Max Miller, Stanley Holloway, Jack Warner, Gracie Fields, and Charles Chaplin. Consideration is given to themes such as war propaganda and gender impersonation.

Representing China on the Historical London Stage

Author: Dongshin Chang
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135007508
Release Date: 2015-02-11
Genre: Performing Arts

This book provides a critical study of how China was represented on the historical London stage in selected examples from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century—which corresponds with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China’s last monarchy. The examples show that during this historical period, the stage representations of the country were influenced in turn by Jesuit writings on China, Britain’s expanding material interest in China, the presence of British imperial power in Asia, and the establishment of diasporic Chinese communities abroad. While finding that many of these works may be read as gendered and feminized, Chang emphasizes that the Jesuits’ depiction of China as a country of high culture and in perennial conflict with the Tartars gradually lost prominence in dramatic imaginations to depictions of China’s material and visual attractions. Central to the book’s argument is that the stage representations of China were inherently intercultural and open to new influences, manifested by the evolving combinations of Chinese and English (British) traits. Through the dramatization of the Chinese Other, the representations questioned, satirized, and put in sharp relief the ontological and epistemological bases of the English (British) Self.

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Author: Gail Ashton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441160683
Release Date: 2015-03-12
Genre: Literary Criticism

With contributions from 29 leading international scholars, this is the first single-volume guide to the appropriation of medieval texts in contemporary culture. Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture covers a comprehensive range of media, including literature, film, TV, comics book adaptations, electronic media, performances, and commercial merchandise and tourism. Its lively chapters range from Spamalot to the RSC, Beowulf to Merlin, computer games to internet memes, opera to Young Adult fiction and contemporary poetry, and much more. Also included is a companion website aimed at general readers, academics, and students interested in the burgeoning field of Medieval afterlives, complete with: - Further reading/weblinks - 'My favourite' guides to contemporary medieval appropriations - Images and interviews - Guide to library archives and manuscript collections - Guide to heritage collection See also our website at https://medievalafterlives.wordpress.com/.

New Theatre Quarterly 51 Volume 13

Author: Clive Barker
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521597285
Release Date: 1997-11-06
Genre: Drama

Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet to question dramatic assumptions.

Audience Participation

Author: Susan Kattwinkel
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313316716
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Performing Arts

Brings together essays on direct audience participation in the work of fourteen widely varied theatrical and dance artists, covering performance genres of the past and present, popular entertainment and high art.

Acting

Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137379054
Release Date: 2013-12-06
Genre: Performing Arts

What is the relationship between 'body' and 'mind', 'inner' and 'outer' in any approach to acting? How have different modes of actor training shaped actors' experiences of acting and how they understand their work? Phillip B. Zarrilli, Jerri Daboo and Rebecca Loukes offer insight into such questions, analysing acting as a psychophysical phenomenon and process across cultures and disciplines, and providing in-depth accounts of culturally and historically specific approaches to acting. Individual chapters explore: • psychophysical acting and the legacy of Stanislavsky • European psychophysical practices of dance and theatre • traditional and contemporary psychophysical approaches to performance in India and Japan • insights from the new sciences on the 'situated bodymind' of the actor • intercultural perspectives on acting This lively study is ideal for students and practitioners alike.

Oh yes it is

Author: Gerald Frow
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015019132995
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Performing Arts


The British Film Industry in the 1970s

Author: S. Barber
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137305923
Release Date: 2013-01-22
Genre: Performing Arts

Is there more to 1970s British cinema than sex, horror and James Bond? This lively account argues that this is definitely the case and explores the cultural landscape of this much maligned decade to uncover hidden gems and to explode many of the well-established myths about 1970s British film and cinema.

Madam I m Adam

Author: Hans-Dieter Gelfert
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406547958
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Humorous poetry, English


The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre 1730 1830

Author: Daniel O'Quinn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107495159
Release Date: 2007-10-25
Genre: Drama

This Companion offers a wide-ranging and innovative guide to one of the most exciting and important periods in British theatrical history. The scope of the volume extends from the age of Garrick to the Romantic transformation of acting inaugurated by Edmund Kean. It brings together cutting-edge scholarship from leading international scholars in the long eighteenth century, offering lively and original insights into the world of the stage, its most influential playwrights and the professional lives of celebrated performers such as James Quin, George Anne Bellamy, John Philip Kemble, Dora Jordan, Fanny Abington and Sarah Siddons. The volume includes essential chapters about eighteenth-century acting, production and audiences, important surveys of key theatrical forms such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama and pantomime as well as a range of exciting thematic essays on subjects such as private theatricals, 'black' theatre and the representation of empire.

Le Forme del teatro

Author: Viola Papetti
Publisher: Ed. di Storia e Letteratura
ISBN: 8887114048
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Performing Arts