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Applied theatre:  an exclusionary discourse?

Ackroyd, J. (2007) Applied theatre: an exclusionary discourse? Applied Theatre Researcher. 8 1470-112X.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This paper considers the new discourse of applied theatre and suggests that ‘applied theatre’ has moved from being an umbrella term to refer to a range of particular forms of theatre practice sharing specific common features, to become a term referring to a specific form itself. It suggests that the discourse now delineates a restricted and exclusive type of radical practice, enshrined in an evangelical frame. The new discourse acts to exclude a range of other practices that might once have been deemed appropriately placed under an applied theatre umbrella. Consideration is given to why the term was introduced, whether it serves a useful function, and to its subsequent trajectory. Furthermore, the paper suggests that one of the forms that has been pushed out into the rain is drama in education.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2041 Performance studies
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2049 Theater and society. Applied drama
Creators: Ackroyd, Judith
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Journalism, Media & Performance
Date: 1 December 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Theatre Researcher
Volume: 8
Language: English
ISSN: 1470-112X
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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