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A pragmatics of change: testing political theory in theatrical practice

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Maguire, Tom (2010) A pragmatics of change: testing political theory in theatrical practice. In: IFTR World Congress: Cultures of Modernity, Munich, Germany. unpublished. 11 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This essay explores how change happens in the everyday experience of individuals and how dramatic and theatrical interventions may play a part in such change processes. It seeks to overcome the historical tendency in political theatre movements towards factionalism in a desire to promote a unitary model of change or specific dramatic technique. Instead, it seeks to capture the potential of practices in drama, theatre and performance to contribute to social change by finding ways of connecting aesthetically derived experience to the lived experience of change. It seeks to restore the agency of the spectator to our thinking about how performances might be used by their audiences as individuals seek to change their societies. The focus is, then, on a pragmatic approach to political performance, concentrating on the contributions it can make in any given situation.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:political performance; change processes; theatre
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:14795
Deposited By:Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:08 Aug 2010 10:21
Last Modified:27 Feb 2014 11:53

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