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Theatrical Reality
Space, Embodiment and Empathy in Performance
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ISBN 9781783205868
Hardback 170 pages
Published July 2016
Imprint: Intellect
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Performance, dramaturgy, and scenography are often explored in isolation, but in Theatrical Reality, Campbell Edinborough describes their connectedness in order to investigate how the experience of reality is constructed and understood during performance. Drawing on sociological theory, cognitive psychology, and embodiment studies, Edinborough analyses our seemingly paradoxical understanding of theatrical reality, guided by the contexts shaping relationships between performer, spectator, and performance space. Through a range of examples from theatre, dance, circus, and film, Theatrical Reality examines how the liminal spaces of performance foster specific ways of conceptualising time, place, and reality.

Campbell Edinborough is a theatre maker and lecturer in drama and theatre practice at the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

Chapter titles
Chapter 1
Locating Theatrical Reality
Chapter 2
Embodiment and the Dialectical Reality of Scenic Space
Chapter 3
Watching Bodies in Theatrical Space
Chapter 4
Authentic Fictions: Truthful Behaviour in Given Circumstances
Chapter 5
Alienated Realities
Chapter 6
Theatrical Reality Beyond the Theatre Walls
Chapter 7
Spectatorial Corporeality and Theatrical Intimacy
Chapter 8
Meta-Realities in Autobiographical Theatre, Film and Television
'The book asks seemingly simple, but extremely complex questions such as “What do we mean by theatricality?” and “How might we define reality within the context of theatrical performance?” The concept of scenic space is paramount throughout the book. Of course, the complexity of these questions does not mean that they should not be tackled – rather, it is a brave scholar that chooses to address these issues head on. In my judgment, this book does just that with considerable aplomb and, I believe, success.' – Christopher Baugh, Emeritus Professor at University of Leeds

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