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.

The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature

Heather Davis-Fisch, “Complicated Feelings: Tecumseh as Literary Land Claim,”Theatres of Affect, ed. ... Jordan Tannahill, Theatre of the Unimpressed (Toronto: Coach House, 2015), p. 41. J. Kelly Nestruck.

Author: Eva-Marie Kröller

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107159624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 340

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This fully revised second edition of The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature offers a comprehensive introduction to major writers, genres and topics. For this edition several chapters have been completely rewritten to reflect major developments in Canadian literature since 2004. Surveys of fiction, drama and poetry are complemented by chapters on Aboriginal writing, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women and the emergence of urban writing. Areas of research that have expanded since the first edition include environmental concerns and questions of sexuality which are freshly explored across several different chapters. A substantial chapter on francophone writing is included. Authors such as Margaret Atwood, noted for her experiments in multiple literary genres, are given full consideration, as is the work of authors who have achieved major recognition, such as Alice Munro, recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature.

Acting Queer

One example is the Guthrie Theater, which in 2018– 2019 featured a solo drag cabaret show entitled Lashed but not ... Its title, Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama, hints at his position on the enduring hegemony of ...

Author: Conrad Alexandrowicz

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030293185

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This book is situated at the intersection of queer/gender studies and theories of acting pedagogy and performance. It explores the social and cultural matrix in which matters of gender are negotiated, including that of post-secondary theatre and drama education. It identifies the predicament of gender dissident actors who must contend with the widespread enforcement of realist paradigms within the academy, and proposes a re-imagining of the way drama/theatre/performance are practised in order to serve more fairly and effectively the needs of queer actors in training. This is located within a larger project of critique in reference to the art form as a whole. The book stimulates discussion among practitioners and scholars on matters concerning various kinds of diversity: of gender expression, of approaches to the teaching of acting, and to the way the art form may be imagined and executed in the early years of the 21st Century, in particular in the face of the climate crisis. But it is also an aid to practitioners who are seeking new theoretical and practical approaches to dealing with gender diversity in acting pedagogy.

Theatre and Learning

or the theatrical process unfolding on stage. ... Being a theatre scholar, who is supposed to be proverbially bored by most live performance, I also managed to enjoy the ... 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

And go early, some 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. Gilbert Gabriel indignantly railed: “No play in our times has had ...

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

appeared on posters, T-shirts, the outside of the theatre building, and all associated memorabilia: key-rings, mugs, ... Extremely unimpressed by his own billing in the theatre owner's programme, he decided to rent the shop opposite the ...

Author: Mark Ravenhill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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.


In 1966 , he contributed to US , the RSC's protest against the war in Vietnam , which was considered a theatrical scandal ... Moreover , when the National Theatre — certainly not unimpressed by the public resonance of both Marat and US ...

Author: Martin Middeke

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 157113123X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 229

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A pioneering collection of articles on fictionalized biographies of the Romantics in contemporary fiction and drama.

The Boys from Syracuse

The Shuberts' Theatrical Empire Foster Hirsch ... But now Sam was dead; his brothers were in charge; and Erlanger, like most of the theatre community, was unimpressed. The most powerful man in the American theatre did not feel ...

Author: Foster Hirsch

Publisher: Cooper Square Press

ISBN: 9781461698753

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 374

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From 1905 to the crash of 1929, Sam Shubert (1874-1905) and his brothers Lee (1874-1953) and J. J. (1878-1963), despite poor beginnings and near-illiteracy, created a theater monopoly unrivaled in history. Their ruthless business tactics and showmanship made 42nd Street the heart of American popular theater and won them the most sought-after stars of the day, including Al Jolson, Carmen Miranda, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, Mae West, and Fred Astaire.

The Time Traveller s Guide to British Theatre

He gets a licence to perform in London and moves into the old Cockpit 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.

Encyclopedia of Censorship

He also deplored the monopoly held by the two patent theaters. After hearing 12 days of expert witnesses Lyt- ton's committee recommended the abolition of censorship and of the theatrical monopoly. Parliament was unimpressed.

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.