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Languages of Theatre Shaped by Women

The authors explore a range of different approaches to the languages of theatre, including translation and interpretation of the art form, along with languages, performance work, body language and gesture. Considered alongside the related social issues of race, class and dialect, the following questions emerge:

• What is the role of language in theatre today?
• Whose language is English; what other languages do women making theatre use?
• What does it mean to write about, photograph and video live performance?
• What is the future for women’s theatre in an international context increasingly united by new technologies but divided by new issues of cultural diversity?

Goodman and de Gay analysis covers issues that are central to current courses in Theatre and Performance and Women’s Studies. They assess the forms which women as theatre-makers have chosen to explore in the age of new technology, and look at some of the different definitions of ’theory’ offered by theatre-makers and critics including Caryl Churchill, Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigiray and Julia Kristeva.

128 pages | halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2003

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Speaking in Tongues - Making (Sense of) Women’s Languages in Theatre
Part 1 - Re-Shaping Theatre Traditions
1   Seizing Speech and Playing with Fire: Greek Mythological Heroines and International Women’s Performance
          Jane de Gay
2   Lear’s Daughters on Stage and in Multimedia and Fiona Shaw’s King Lear Workshops as Case Studies in Breaking the Frame
          Lizbeth Goodman
3   Playing (with) Shakespeare: Bryony Lavery’s Ophelia and Jane Prendergast’s I, Hamlet
          Jane de Gay
4   Theorizing Practice-Based Research: Performing and Analysing Self in Role as ’I, Hamlet
          Jane Prendergast
Part 2 - Speaking for Themselves: Women Theatre-Makers at Work
5   Transmitting the Voices, Voyages and Visions: Adapting Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse for Radio
          Lindsay Bell
6   Voicing Identities, Reframing Difference(s): The Case of Fo(u)r Women
      A brief commentary on the text of Fo(u)r Women
          Adeola Agbebiyi
      Fo(u)r Women
          Adeola Agbebiyi, Patience Agbabi and Dorothea Smartt
Part 3 - Practising Theory and Theorizing Practice
7   Scratch in the Record
          Leslie Hill
8   One-to-One: Lone Journeys
          Helen Paris
9   Mouth Ghosts: The Taste of the Os-Text
          Jools Gilson-Ellis
10 Afterword - Shape-Shifters and Hidden Bodies
          Jane de Gay
Bibliography and Further Reading

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