Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice

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Monica Prendergast, Juliana Saxton
Intellect Books, 2009 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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Applied Theatre is the first collection to assist practitioners and students in developing critical frameworks for their own community-based theatrical projects. The editors draw on thirty case studies in applied theatre from fifteen countries—covering a wide range of disciplines, from theatre studies to education, medicine, and law—and collect essential readings to provide a comprehensive survey of the field. Infused with a historical and theoretical overview of practical theatre, Applied Theatre offers clear developmental approaches and models for practical application.

 

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Contents

Theories and History of Applied Theatre
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12 What is applied theatre?
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13 Why applied theatre? How did it emerge?
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14 What is the purpose of applied theatre?
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Summary
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Further Reading
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Suggested Activities
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Practices of Applied Theatre
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71 A Bangladesh TfD project
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72 Education for political process in Uganda
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73 Womens rights in Pakistan
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Further Reading
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Questions for Discussion and Reflection
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Prison Theatre
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81 Critical citizenship in prison
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82 Fatherhood and family
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22 Who are the performers of applied theatre?
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24 What are the interactions between actors spectators and facilitators in applied theatre?
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25 How do we assess applied theatre?
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26 What are the key areas to effective applied theatre practice?
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Summary
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Questions for Reflection and Discussion
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Theatre in Education TIE
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31 Human rights
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32 Stages of development
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33 Antidrug education
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34 Addressing LGTB biases
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Further Reading
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Questions for Discussion and Reflection
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Suggested Activities
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Popular Theatre
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41 Popular theatre as spectacle
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42 Puppetry with atrisk youth
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43 Comic performance in Bangkok
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Further Reading
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Questions for Reflection and Discussion
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Theatre of the Oppressed TO
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51 A letter from Augusto Boal
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52 Forum theatre on sexual harassment
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53 Eating disorders and Theatre of the Oppressed
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Further Reading
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Questions for Reflection and Discussion
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Theatre in Health Education THE
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61 HIVAIDS
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62 HIVAIDS ovarian cancer
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63 Child abuse and family violence
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64 Drug abuse
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Further Reading
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Questions for Discussion and Reflection
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Theatre for Development TfD
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83 Human rights in a Brazilian prison
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Further Reading
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Questions for Discussion and Reflection
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Communitybased Theatre
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91 Largescale community play
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92 The world of systemsthe world of life
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93 Working with war veterans
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Further Reading
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Questions for Reflection and Discussion
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Museum Theatre
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101 Golden school days
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102 Reexamining history through museum theatre
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103 Museumuniversity partnership
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Further Reading
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Questions for Discussion and Reflection
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Reminiscence Theatre
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111 Memory and transgression
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112 Intergenerational reminiscence theatre
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113 The evolution of a piece of reminiscence theatre
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114 Interrogating reminiscence
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Further Reading
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Questions for Discussion and Reflection
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Participation Ethics Aesthetics and Assessment
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121 Participation
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122 Artistry and Aesthetics
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123 Ethics
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124 AssessmentEvaluation
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Summary
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Questions for Reflection and Discussion
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Reflection
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Bibliography
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Index
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About the author (2009)

Monica Prendergast is assistant professor in the Division of Creative Arts in Learning at Lesley University and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria. She is the author of many books, including Teaching Spectatorship: Essays and Poems on Audience in Performance.

Juliana Saxton is professor emerita in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. She has coauthored a number of books, including Teaching Drama: A Mind of Many Wonders, Asking Better Questions and Into the Story: Language in Action through Drama.

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