Playing for Time Theatre Company

Perspectives from the Prison

Edited by Annie McKean and Kate Massey-Chase

Playing for Time Theatre Company

Edited by Annie McKean and Kate Massey-Chase

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

250 pages | 20 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9781783209514 Will Publish October 2018
Based on more than a decade of practice-based research in prisons across the UK, Playing for Time Theatre Company presents the reader with a rich and invaluable resource for using theater as an intervention in, transformation, and rehabilitation of the lives of incarcerated people.
The book aims to analyze and reflect upon more than ten years of theater productions staged in HMP Winchester, a medium-security prison, among other sites. As a result of these experiences, McKean has developed a unique model of practice in which undergraduate students work alongside prisoners, developing productions and leading workshops. The work draws on diverse methodologies and approaches, from community theatre practices to forensic psychology and criminology, performance studies to critical theory.
The book asks: how can theater enable prisoners to explore notions of self, identity and community? And what are the key theoretical and ethical considerations in asking these questions? Providing unprecedented access to a significant body of prison theater, Playing for Time Theatre Company presents both an overview and analysis of an extensive body of work, as well as offering perspectives on the shape of the UK criminal justice system from 2000 onwards.
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