In place of a show: what happens inside theatres when nothing is happening

Corrieri, Augusto (2016) In place of a show: what happens inside theatres when nothing is happening. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London, UK. ISBN 9781474256735

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Abstract

In Place of a Show is a singular account of four theatre buildings from around the world: theatres stripped of their primary purpose, lying empty, preserved as museums, or demolished. Playfully combining first-person narratives, scholarly research and visual documents, Augusto Corrieri explores the material and imaginative potentials of these places, charting interconnections between humans, birds, vegetation, and the beguiling animations of inanimate things, such as walls, curtains and seats.

Across four chapters we learn of the uncanny dismantling and reconstitution of a German Baroque auditorium during the Second World War; the phantasmal remains of a demolished music hall in London’s East End; a Renaissance Italian theatre, fleetingly transformed into an aviary by the appearance of a swallow; and a lavish opera house emerging from the Amazon rainforest. In these pages we are invited to discover theatres as sites of anomalous encounters and surprising coincidences: places that might reveal the performative entanglement of human and nonhuman worlds.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: theatre
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater > PN2100 History > PN2131 By period > PN2181 Modern > PN2193 Special topics, A-Z > PN2193.E86 Experimental theatre
Depositing User: Augusto Corrieri
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 15:18
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 15:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69708
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