Adapting Performance Between Stage and Screen

Victoria Lowe

Adapting Performance Between Stage and Screen

Victoria Lowe

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

220 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $106.50 ISBN: 9781789382334 Published December 2020 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Adapting Performance Between Stage and Screen provides an introduction to adaptations between theater and film, establishing a framework for considering these as distinct from literary adaptation. The book places emphasis on performance and event, opening new avenues of exploration to include non-literary issues such as the treatment of space and place, mis en scène, acting styles, and star personas. The recent growth of digital theater is examined to foreground the “events” of theater and cinema—largely ignored in adaptation studies—with phenomena such as National Theatre Live analyzed for the different ways that “liveness” is adapted.

Drawing from case studies that explore distinct periods in British film and theater history, the volume looks at issues surrounding theatrical naturalism and cinematic realism and illustrates the principle that adaptations can't be divorced from the historical and cultural moment in which they are produced. Adapting Performance Between Stage and Screen explores how cultural values can be articulated in the act of translating between media, providing a new framework for the discussion of theater and film as dramatic works.



Part One: Practices

Chapter 1: Stage to Screen Adaptation and Performance/Production: Space, Design, Acting, Sound

Chapter 2: Screen to Stage Adaptation: Theatre as Medium/Hyper-Medium

Chapter 3: Stage to Screen Adaptation and the Performance Event: Live Broadcast as Adaptation

Part Two: Histories

Chapter 4: The Introduction of Sound and ‘Canned’ Theatre

Chapter 5: The British New Wave on Stage and Screen

Chapter 6: Staging ‘British Cinema’


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