Synopses & Reviews
This one-stop companion is your complete introduction to all aspects of Drama, Theatre and Performance, whether you are studying at university or drama school. Designed as a single reference resource, it takes you from studio to stage, from lecture theatre to workshop, covering practice as well as theory and history.
The Companion offers:
- practical sections on acting, devising and directing ¡¡ an extensive list of key concepts with clear explanations
- a select encyclopedia of entries on major practitioners, theorists and performances
- tips on study skills such as using journals and navigating the library
- career advice to help you get the most out of your studies and plan your future.
Reliable and comprehensive, this guide will be invaluable throughout your degree or course.
Offering essential guidance to students throughout their undergraduate studies, this companion explores the development of a discipline that is still in flux, offers practical advice about how to study it and where this study might lead, and provides a useful reference resource on key practitioners, debates, performances and terms.
How can plays and performances, past and present, inform our understanding of ageing? Drawing primarily on the Western dramatic canon, on contemporary British theater, on popular culture, and on paratheatrical practices, Staging Ageing investigates theatrical engagement with ageing from the Greek chorus to Reminiscence Theater. It also explores the relationship of the plays, performances, and practices to the material, social, and ideological conditions that produced them. A seminal work on the cultural past and present of ageing, the book will find grateful audiences not only among scholars but also among theater and health care professionals.
About the Author
MICK MANGAN is Chair in Drama at University of Exeter, and has previously held Chairs at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and at De Montfort University, Leicester. His publications include: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus (Penguin), Writers and their Work: Edward Bond (Northcote House/British Council) and Staging Masculinities: Gender, History, Performance (Palgrave Macmillan). He has worked as a playwright, a director, a literary manager, a dramaturg and an actor. He is a member of the RAE panel for Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Mind, Body and Ageing in Drama, Theatre and Performanceand#160;Part I: Frames and ContextsChapter 1: On GerontologyChapter 2: On Age, Stage and Consciousnessand#160;Part II: Tragedy and ComedyChapter 3: On Liminality and Late Style: Oedipus at Colonus
Chapter 4: On Negative Stereotypes in Classical and Medieval DramaChapter 5: On Sex and the Senex
: English Restoration ComedyChapter 6: On Dirty Old Men and Trickster Figuresand#160;Part III: MemoriesChapter 7: On Memory and Its ModesChapter 8: On Reminiscence, Interaction and Interventionand#160;Part IV: The Value(s) of Old AgeChapter 9: On LongevityChapter 10: On InstitutionsChapter 11: On Song and Danceand#160;Epilogue: The Amazing One-Hundred-and-Sixty-One-Year-Old WomanReferencesIndex