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

Based on a recent touring project, the book explores a series of playtexts and essays that contextualise the themes and approaches of the work, serve as provocations for the Acts of Dramaturgy the work entailed, juxtapose new writing and performance writing, and problematise the notion of playtexts. This particular playtext title investigates the role of the dramaturg in contemporary performance, by analysing three performances inspired by the work of William Shakespeare. Taking as their starting point a stage direction or a moment in the narrative that is not the main focus, the playtexts recontextualises, deconstructs and disorientates the classic text within a landscape that is more polarised, free from the text and inherently and explicitly aware of its own theatricality. The work negotiates the ever-shifting relationship between the text and its performance, the performer(s) and their audience, whilst acknowledging that Shakespeare often employed a play-within-a-play as a device, what we now call a meta-theatrical mode of representation.

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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