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Devising Performance: A Critical History (Theatre and Performance Practices)

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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, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 22nd 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published October 18th 2005)
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Dec 02, 2007 Meg rated it it was ok
Shelves: theatre-theory
This book gives a surprisingly cursory look at the history of "devised performance". The limited scope of the history - with a few exceptions, the authors restrict their analysis to companies operating Australia, Great Britain and United States - gives a strange bias to the overall structure of the book.

I think the bibliography might be the strongest aspect of this book - pointing the way to better material for analysis.
Dec 16, 2012 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
covers devising history in UK, US, and Australia. I found quite a few typos. Really focuses more on devising companies than anything else
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