Acts of Dramaturgy

The Shakespeare Trilogy

Michael Pinchbeck

Acts of Dramaturgy

Michael Pinchbeck

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

250 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781789382945 Will Publish November 2020 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Acts of Dramaturgy is a critical frame for Michael Pinchbeck’s The Shakespeare Trilogy, a recent touring project comprising three performances—The Beginning, The Middle, and The End—that explored the role of the dramaturg. This book sets the playtexts in dialogue with reflexive essays and provocations on contemporary dramaturgy from a range of contributors. 

Weaving together different modes of writing, the volume reflects on the politics of dramaturgy, authorship, adaptation, performance, and the use of Shakespeare as a stimulus for making contemporary theater. The resulting work is as much a reflection on the entanglements of processes, lineages, and relations that have shaped the work and its reception as it is an exploration of ways of reflecting and being with practice now. A valuable new contribution to the study of contemporary dramaturgy, the book will be of interest to makers and scholars of theater and performance and anyone interested in practice research and creative critical writing.

Contents
Act One: Shedding The Prologue: So Here We Are at the Beginning – Nicki Hobday The Foreword: The Time When Anything Could Happen – Maddy Costa The Prelude: The (Play)text Is the Set – Catherine Love Act Two: Picking On Weaving: Acts of (Auto)dramaturgy – Michael Pinchbeck The Table Is Set… – Andy Smith The Playtext of The Beginning (2012) – Michael Pinchbeck Act Three: Raveling The Interval – Michael Pinchbeck and Tony Pinchbeck ‘Something In Between’: Liminality, Ageing and The Middle – Mick Mangan The Playtext of The Middle (2013) – Michael Pinchbeck Act Four: Battening Bear Necessity: The Means to The End – James Hudson And in The End… – Dani Abulhawa The Playtext of The End (2011) – Michael Pinchbeck Act Five: Taking up The Sum of Its Parts: Memories of The Trilogy from an Inside/Outside Eye – Ollie Smith Endings Are Not Always Completed with a Full Stop – Rhiannon Jones The Epilogue: It’s Time to Call It a Day – Michael Pinchbeck
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