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Author Babbage, Frances, author.

Title Adaptation in contemporary theatre : performing literature / Frances Babbage
Published London, UK : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (viii, 270 pages)
Series Methuen Drama Engage
Methuen drama engage.
Contents Adaptation and the theatre -- Performing books -- Story: adaptation and the act of telling -- Layered space: adaptation, immersion and site
Summary "Why are so many theatre productions adaptations of one kind or another? Why do contemporary practitioners turn so frequently to non-dramatic texts for inspiration? This study explores the fascination of novels, short stories, children's books and autobiographies for theatre makers and examines what 'becomes' of literary texts when these are filtered into contemporary practice that includes physical theatre, multimedia performance, puppetry, immersive and site-specific performance and live art. In Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre, Frances Babbage offers a series of fresh critical perspectives on the theory of adaptation in theatre-making, focusing on meditations of prose literature within contemporary performance. Individual chapters explore the significance and impact of books as physical objects within productions; the relationship between the dramatic adaptation and literary edition; storytelling on the page and in performance; literary space and theatrical space; and prose fiction reframed as 'found text' in contemporary theatre and live art. Case studies are drawn from internationally acclaimed companies including Complicite, Elevator Repair Service, Kneehigh, Forced Entertainment, Gob Squad, Teatro Kismet and Stan's Cafe. Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre is a compelling and provocative resource for anyone interested in the potential and the challenges of using prose literature as material for new theatrical performance."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Literature -- Adaptations -- History and criticism
Drama -- Adaptations -- History and criticism
Stage adaptations -- History and criticism
Theater -- Production and direction.
Drama -- Adaptations
Literature -- Adaptations
Stage adaptations
Theater -- Production and direction
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781472534163