Theatre of the Unimpressed

Theatre of the Unimpressed offers a roadmap for a vital twenty­-first century theatre, one that is less insular, less tentative and with better infrastructure.

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: Exploded Views

ISBN: 1552453138

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 154

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Theatre is a safe place for risk because there are no consequences to failure, perhaps aside from the bruising of one's ego. One might go so far as to suggest the entire institution of theatre exists in order to take risks that one simply cannot outside of it. It is a site where we envi­sion what is possible within the world and the human condition. A lot of plays are dull. And one dull play, it seems, can turn us off the­atre for good. So, what can we learn from mediocre plays? After a year spent talking to theatre goers, theatre makers and non-­theatre goers from Australia to Berlin, Jordan Tannahill addresses what he calls the culture of risk adversity' paralyzing the form. Theatre of the Unimpressed offers a roadmap for a vital twenty­-first century theatre, one that is less insular, less tentative and with better infrastructure. In considering dramaturgy, programming, ped­agogy and alternative models for producing, he aims to turn theatre from an obligation to a destination. Jordan is one of the most talented and exciting playwrights in the country, and he will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.' Nicolas Billon, GG­-Award-­winning playwright (Fault Lines) Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director, and filmmaker. His plays and short films have been presented in theatres, festivals, and galleries across Canada and internationally. He received the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art-space Videofag, out of a defunct barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market.

Theatre of the Unimpressed

And this, to me, sounds like the essence of truly great theatre.' I was talking about the Theatre of Failure with a friend of mine recently, when she said ...

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: Coach House Books

ISBN: 9781770564114

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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A lot of plays are bad. And one bad play, it seems, can turn us off theater for good. So, what can we learn from the bad play? Jordan Tannahill, after talking to theater heavy-hitters from Australia to Berlin, offers a roadmap for a renewed theater, one that is less insular, less insulting, with better infrastructure. In reconsidering dramaturgy, programming strategies, and alternative models for producing, he aims to turn theater from an obligation to a destination. Jordan Tannahill is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. His production of Sheila Heti's All Our Happy Days Are Stupid will be performed in New York in 2015.


Part ontological thriller, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in volatile times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: House of Anansi

ISBN: 9781487003791

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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From award-winning playwright and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill comes a masterful and moving novel in the tradition of Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be. At 11:04 a.m. on January 21st, 2017, Jordan opens the door to his mother’s bedroom. As his eyes adjust to the half-light, he finds her lying in bed, eyes closed and mouth agape. In that instant he cannot tell whether she is asleep or dead. The sight of his mother's body, caught between these two possibilities, causes Jordan to plunge headlong into the uncertain depths of consciousness itself. From androids to cannibals to sex clubs, an unforgettable personal odyssey emerges, populated by a cast of sublime outsiders in search for the ever-elusive nature of self. Part ontological thriller, part millennial saga, Liminal is a riotous and moving portrait of a young man in volatile times, a generation caught in suspended animation, and a son’s enduring love for his mother.

Late Company

Hot off a run in London's West End, and described by Torontoist as a "searing, unforgettable drama," Late Company uncovers layers of parental and political hypocrisy at a suburban dinner party where grief is the loudest guest.

Author: Jordan Tannahill


ISBN: 1770918973

Category: Drama

Page: 120

View: 528


Hot off a run in London's West End, and described by Torontoist as a "searing, unforgettable drama," Late Company uncovers layers of parental and political hypocrisy at a suburban dinner party where grief is the loudest guest.

The Videofag Book

Longlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards In October 2012, lovers William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill moved into a former barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market neighbourhood and turned it into an art space called Videofag.

Author: Jordan Tannahill

Publisher: Book Thug

ISBN: 1771663626

Category: Drama

Page: 192

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Literary Nonfiction. Drama. Performance Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. In October 2012, lovers William Ellis and Jordan Tannahill moved into a former barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market neighbourhood and turned it into an art space called Videofag. Over the next four years Videofag became a hub for counterculture in the city, playing host to a litany of performances, screenings, parties, exhibitions, and all manner of queer fuckery. But hosting a city in their house took its toll and eventually William and Jordan broke up, closing the space for good in June 2016. THE VIDEOFAG BOOK is a chronicle of those four years told through multiple voices and mediums: a personal history by William and Jordan; a love letter by Jon Davies; a communal oral history compiled by Chandler Levack; a play by Greg MacArthur; a poem by Aisha Sasha John; a chronological history of Videofag's programming; and a photo archive curated by William and Jordan in full colour. "Videofag was a busy nexus of performance and art, a focal point for a wide assortment of communities, including the queer art scene, underground film culture, comedy, and theatre."--Torontoist "The queer arts hub [known as Videofag] has served as the incubator for countless projects and artists over its life, becoming a critical meeting point for creators from around the city and across the country."--Daily Xtra

The First German Theatre Routledge Revivals

... took his breath away, that the very dust in the theatre must have trembled. ... London theatre: he was unimpressed by the declamatory style of Kemble, ...

Author: Michael Patterson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317266846

Category: Drama

Page: 219

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First published in 1990. The book surveys of the development of German theatre from a market sideshow into an important element of cultural life and political expression. It examines Schiller as ‘theatre poet’ at Mannheim, Goethe’s work as director of the court theatre at Weimar, and then traces the rapid commercial decline that made it difficult for Kleist and impossible for Büchner to see their plays staged in their own lifetime. Four representative texts are analysed: Schiller’s The Robbers, Goethe’s Iphigenia on Tauris, Kleist’s The Prince of Homburg, and Büchner’s Woyzeck. This title will be of interest to students of theatre and German literature.

Theatre and Learning

or the theatrical process unfolding on stage. He empathized with the characters, ... Suffice it to say, I left the theatre utterly unimpressed.

Author: Art Babayants

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443882057

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

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As early as Plato, theorists acknowledged the power of theatre as a way of teaching young minds. Similarly, starting with Plato, philosophers occasionally adopted an anti-theatrical stance, worried by the “dangers” theatre posed to society. The relationships between learning and theatre have never been seen as straightforward, obvious, or without contradictions. This volume investigates the complexity of the intersection of theatre and learning, addressing both the theoretical and practical aspects of it. In three sections—Reflecting, Risking, and Re-imagining—theatre researchers, education scholars, theatre practitioners consider the tensions, frictions and failures that make learning through theatre, in theatre and about theatre interesting, engaging, and challenging. Loosely based on the proceedings from the 20th Festival of Original Theatre (F.O.O.T.), which took place in February 2012 at the University of Toronto, this book contains academic articles and interviews, as well as position, reflection and provocation papers from both established researchers in the field of Applied Theatre, such as Professor Helen Nicholson and Professor Kathleen Gallagher, as well as experienced and emergent scholars in Education, Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. It also introduces the unorthodox work of the pre-eminent Swedish director and inventor of Babydrama, Suzanne Osten, to the academic audience. Theatre and Learning will be interesting to a wide range of audiences, such as theatre artists and students, theatre researchers and educators, and will be particularly useful for those teaching Theatre Theory and Practice, including Applied Theatre, in higher education.

Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century

... of the lines won't last.140 It continued its run in Queens and opened in Manhattan on October 1 at the Biltmore Theatre. The critics were unimpressed.

Author: John H. Houchin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139436489

Category: Drama


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John Houchin explores the impact of censorship in twentieth-century American theatre, arguing that theatrical censorship coincided with significant challenges to religious, political and cultural systems. The study provides a summary of theatre censorship in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and analyses key episodes from 1900 to 2000. These include attempts to censure Olga Nethersole for her production of Sappho in 1901 and the theatre riots of 1913 that greeted the Abbey Theatre's production of Playboy of the Western World. Houchin explores the efforts to suppress plays in the 1920s that dealt with transgressive sexual material and investigates Congress' politically motivated assaults on plays and actors during the 1930s and 1940s. He investigates the impact of racial violence, political assassinations and the Vietnam War on the trajectory of theatre in the 1960s and concludes by examining the response to gay activist plays such as Angels in America.

Theatre and Globalization

Eight years later, Cameron Mackintosh opened Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Extremely unimpressed by his own billing in the theatre owner's ...

Author: Dan Rebellato

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9780230364561

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

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What is globalization? What role is there for the theatre in a globalizing world? This original and provocative book explores the contribution that theatre has made to our slowly evolving consciousness of our world as a whole. Drawing on sources from Aeschylus to The Lion King, Chekhov to Complicite, tragedy to advertising, the book argues for theatre's importance as a site of resistance to the ruthless spread of the global market. Foreword by Mark Ravenhill

Theatre and Photography

The author, Andrew Haydon, is unimpressed with the bulk of theatre images in circulation, and in particular notes a tendency towards stage images that ...

Author: Joel Anderson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137345639

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

View: 978


Examining the relationship between theatre and photography, this book shows how the two intertwine and provide vantage points for understanding each other. Joel Anderson explores the theory and practice of photographing theatre and performance, as well as theatre and photography's mutual preoccupation with posing, staging, framing, and stillness.

Encyclopedia of Censorship

Parliament was unimpressed. In 1833 the committee's findings were rejected. The Theatre Regulation Act of 1843 accomplished what Parliament had intended ...

Author: Jonathon Green

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438110011

Category: Censorship

Page: 721

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Articles examine the history and evolution of censorship, presented in A to Z format.

The Revolution in German Theatre 1900 1933 Routledge Revivals

With each new production the art of the theatre was begun anew. ... Karl Kraus, for one, was unimpressed by this 'epoch-making humbug”, which had 'genuine ...

Author: Michael Patterson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317217930

Category: Drama

Page: 244

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First published in 1981, this book represents the first work in English to give a comprehensive account of the revolutionary developments in German theatre from the decline of Naturalism through the Expressionist upheaval to the political theatre of Piscator and Brecht. Early productions of Kaiser’s From Morning till Midnight and Toller’s Transfiguration are presented as examples of Expressionism. A thorough analysis of Piscator’s Hoppla, Such is Life! And Brecht’s Man show the similarities and differences in political theatre. In addition, elements of stage-craft are examined — illustrated with tabulated information, an extensive chronology, and photographs and designs of productions.

The Time Traveller s Guide to British Theatre

Both Killigrew and Davenant are unimpressed, and act swiftly to suppress this challenge to their duopoly. In 1667, after some legal wrangling, they succeed.

Author: Aleks Sierz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781783197071

Category: History

Page: 320

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British theatre is booming. But where do these beautiful buildings and exciting plays come from? And when did the story start? To find out we time travel back to the age of the first Queen Elizabeth in the sixteenth century, four hundred years ago when there was not a single theatre in the land. In the company of a series of well-characterised fictional guides, the eight chapters of the book explore how British theatre began, grew up and developed from the 1550s to the 1950s. The Time-Traveller's Guide to British Theatre tells the story of the movers and shakers, the buildings, the playwrights, the plays and the audiences that make British theatre what it is today. It covers all the great names - from Shakespeare to Terence Rattigan, by way of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw - and the classic plays, many of which are still revived today, visits the venues and tells their dramatic stories. It is an accessible, journalistic account of this subject which, while based firmly on extensive research and historical accuracy, describes five centuries of British creativity in an interesting and relevant way. It is celebratory in tone, journalistic in style and accurate in content.

Theatre History Studies 2017

Savin indicates that Robertson made the rounds of London theatres seeking work, “but managers were unimpressed by his Green Room pedigree.

Author: Sara Freeman

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817371111

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 370

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Theatre History Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of theatre history and scholarship published annually since 1981 by the Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC), a regional body devoted to theatre scholarship and practice.

The Chekhov Theatre

This too is very pleasant.12 The elitist Petrograd journal Theatre and Art ( Teatr i iskusstvo ) , always sceptical of the Muscovites , was unimpressed by ...

Author: Laurence Senelick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052178395X

Category: Drama

Page: 441

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Many now consider Chekhov a playwright equal to Shakespeare. Senelick studies how his reputation evolved, and how the presentation of his plays varied and altered from their initial productions in Russia to recent postmodern deconstructions.

Ancient and Medieval Theatre

It is regularly used by the Greek National Theatre . Few visitors to Epidaurus have come away unimpressed with this confirmation of classical Greek ...

Author: Ronald W. Vince

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313241074

Category: History

Page: 156

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Review of medieval dramatic texts S.131-149.

The Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre

Martin Gottfried of Women's Wear Daily, one ofthose unimpressed with the usage, wrote: “The theatrical thematic affect of a Negro in white face is enormous ...

Author: Harvey Young

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107017122

Category: Drama

Page: 291

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With contributions from the leading scholars in the field, this Companion provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of African American theatre, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Along the way, it chronicles the evolution of African American theatre and its engagement with the wider community.

Thomas Hamblin and the Bowery Theatre

For a month Hamblin eschewed all theatrical activity, rarely venturing out. ... McClure, apparently unimpressed with the conditions and her reunion with ...

Author: Thomas A. Bogar

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319684062

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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This book recounts the personal and professional life of Thomas Souness Hamblin (1800-1853), Shakespearean actor and Bowery Theatre manager. Primarily responsible for the popularity of “blood and thunder” melodramas with working class audiences in New York City, Hamblin discovered, trained and promoted many young actors and, especially, actresses who later became famous in their own right. He also epitomized the “sporting man” of mid-nineteenth century life, conducting a scandalous series of affairs and visits to Manhattan brothels, which cost him his marriage to Elizabeth Blanchard Hamblin (1799-1849) and made him the brunt of moralist, religious and journalistic crusades, notably that of James Gordon Bennett’s New York Herald. His machinations and perseverance through trying challenges, including several destructions of the Bowery Theatre by fire, extensive financial and legal complications, and the untimely deaths of several young protégées, earned him equal measures of admiration and opprobrium.

Liquor Store Theatre

Unimpressed, or worse. 14.1 Liquor Store Theatre, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2017). This storefront sits on a fault line of Bloods and Crips territory.

Author: Maya Stovall

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9781478012672

Category: Social Science

Page: 325

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For six years Maya Stovall staged Liquor Store Theatre, a conceptual art and anthropology video project---included in the Whitney Biennial in 2017---in which she danced near the liquor stores in her Detroit neighborhood as a way to start conversations with her neighbors. In this book of the same name, Stovall uses the project as a point of departure for understanding everyday life in Detroit and the possibilities for ethnographic research, art, and knowledge creation. Her conversations with her neighbors—which touch on everything from economics, aesthetics, and sex to the political and economic racism that undergirds Detroit's history—bring to light rarely acknowledged experiences of longtime Detroiters. In these exchanges, Stovall enacts an innovative form of ethnographic engagement that offers new modes of integrating the social sciences with the arts in ways that exceed what either approach can achieve alone.