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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

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Lillian Leitzel’s celebrity, agency and her performed femininity
Kate Holmes

9 Aerial star Lillian Leitzel’s celebrity, agency and her performed femininity Kate Holmes Circus was one of the largest mass live entertainments of the early twentieth century and was an industry that secured its popularity through a number of female stars. These women’s careers were not only established by the highest-profile circuses but also contributed to their success. Although circus has been the focus of numerous memoirs or popular histories, few recent layered historical analyses of this complex entertainment form exist. As such, the female performers

in Stage women, 1900–50
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Beckett and nothing: trying to understand Beckett
Daniela Caselli

introduction, I am referring to portions of longer incarnations of Thomson’s and Boxall’s chapters. 15 The Onion, 42:17 (26 April 2006). 16 On how the link between Beckett and nothing, and, more specifically, between Beckett and nihilism, has been placed in the realm of ‘public consciousness’ as opposed to that of criticism since the time of Esslin’s early writings, see Shane Weller, A Taste for the Negative, p. 6. For a popular history of nothing, see John D. Barrow, The Book of Nothing (London: Jonathan Cape, 2000). See also Hélène Cixous’s Le Voisin de zéro: Sam Beckett

in Beckett and nothing
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Translating globalised knowledge in performance
Simon Parry

healthy inherited DNA caused by factors such as smoking, exposure to radiation, diet or aging. Within a popular history of science, the collective scientific endeavour that King and a number of others were involved in has also been narrated as a race with a complex social context of competition and collaboration reaching a denouement in a published paper and accepted results. The tendency in the historical record is to narrate at molar scale while the scientific record concentrates on the molecular. In Callon’s terms, the displacement that happens here occurs through

in Science in performance
The Show from street to print
Tracey Hill

). The standings of the printers varied. The majority, like Raworth and Okes senior and junior, were associated with what Watt calls ‘cheap print’ – pamphlets, play quartos, popular histories, and so on – whereas others, like the Printer to the City, William Jaggard, had more stature in civic circles. Nicholas Okes was primarily a printer and typesetter of drama and as such would have had the right kind of experience to print mayoral pageants, for, as well as being set out in similar ways to play-texts as far as the verse elements were concerned, the printed Shows were

in Pageantry and power