Irrational theatre : the challenge posed by the plays of Howard Barker for contemporary performance theory and practice
Lamb, Charles, 1947- (1992) Irrational theatre : the challenge posed by the plays of Howard Barker for contemporary performance theory and practice. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This study arose out of an awareness that contemporary performance theories and production techniques were not appropriate to the plays of Howard Barker. The first section, a comparison of Barker with Edward Bond, attempts to 'situate' the former with reference to a major dramatist of the seventies and early eighties. This reveals a number of significant differences, including almost diametrically opposed conceptions of the function of drama. In the second section, I consider Barker against a wider background of deconstructive and postmodernist thinking. As opposed to Bond's Brechtian notion of a Rational theatre, I argue that Barker's theatre is irrational and suggest that irrational interaction is Seduction. Barker's plays are considered from the point of view of a theory of seduction - in particular Jean Baudrillard's. There follows a review of a range of discourses on performance by influential practitioners such as Stanislavsky. Although seduction is identifiable in all their practices, it is almost universally denied or shunned - except by Grotowski. Also the focus of acting technique is invariably on the actor/character relation with little consideration of interaction with others. The third section considers in some detail two plays by Barker - JUDITH and THE CASTLE, analysing them from a seductive perspective.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Barker, Howard, 1946- -- Criticism and interpretation, Dramatists, English -- 20th century|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Theatre Studies|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Thomas, David, 1942-|
|Extent:||3 v. (vi, 536 leaves)|
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