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PECI2701 Creative Practice and Performance Contexts Module Reading List

Creative Practice and Performance Contexts, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Joslin McKinney
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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PECI 2701: Creative Practice and Performance Contexts

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Auslander, P. 1997. From acting to performance : essays in modernism and postmodernism. London: Routledge


Auslander, P. 1999 Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. London: Routledge


Bennett, S. 1997. Theatre audiences : a theory of production and reception. London: Routledge.


Bishop, C. 2012. Artificial hells : participatory art and the politics of spectatorship. Verso: London


Bogart, A. 2007. And then, you act : making art in an unpredictable world. New York: Routledge


Bourriaud, N. 2002. Relational Aesthetics. Dijon, Les presses du réel.


Carlson, Marvin. 1996. Performance: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge


Chatzichristodoulou, M. and Zerihan, R. 2012. Intimacy across visceral and digital performance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan


Conroy, C. 2009. Theatre & the body. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Davis, T. 2008. The Cambridge companion to performance studies [electronic resource]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Goffman, E. 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. London: Penguin Books


Etchells, T. 1999. Certain fragments : contemporary performance and Forced Entertainment. New York: Routledge


Fischer-Lichte, E. 2008. The transformative power of performance : a new aesthetics Oxon: Routledge


Garner, S. 1994. Bodied spaces : phenomenology and performance in contemporary drama. Cornell University Press.


Harvie, J. and Lavender, A. eds. 201. Making contemporary theatre : international rehearsal processes. Manchester: Manchester University Press


Huxley, M and Witts, N. eds. 2002. The twentieth century performance reader. London: Routledge


Jackson, A. and Kidd, J. eds. 2011. Performing heritage : research, practice and innovation in museum theatre and live interpretation. Manchester: Manchester University Press


Johnson, D and Deirdre Heddon eds. 2016. It's all allowed : the performances of Adrian Howells. London: Intellect Live


Jurs-Munby, K., Carroll, J. and Giles, S. 2013. Postdramatic theatre and the political : international perspectives on contemporary performance. London: Bloomsbury.


Kaprow, A. 1966. Assemblage, environments & happenings. New York: Harry N. Abrams


Kaye, N. 1996. Art into theatre : performance interviews and documents. London: Routledge


Lehmann, H. 2006. Postdramatic Theatre. London: Routledge.


Machon, J. 2011. (Syn)aesthetics : redefining visceral performance. London: Palgrave Macmillan


Machon, J. 2013. Immersive theatres : intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan


McKenzie, J. Perform or else : from discipline to performance


McAuley, G. 1999. Space in performance : making meaning in the theatre. University of Michigan Press.


Oddey, A. and White C. 2006. The Potentials of Spaces : The Theory and Practice of Scenography and Performance. Bristol: Intellect


Phelan, P. 1996. Unmarked : the politics of performance. New York: Routledge


Quick, A. 2007. The Wooster Group work book. London: Routledge


Rancière, Jacques. 2009. The emancipated spectator. London: Verso


Savran, D. 1989. Breaking the rules : the Wooster Group. New York: Theatre Communications Group


Schechner, R. 2003. Performance Theory. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge


Schechner, R. 1994. Environmental theater. expanded 2nd ed. New York : Applause.


Schneider, R. 2011. Performing remains : art and war in times of theatrical reenactment. Oxon: Routledge


White, G. 2013. Audience Participation in Theatre : Aesthetics of the Invitation. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.



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The Following Journals are worth browsing:

Contemporary theatre review.

Performance research : a journal of performing arts.

Studies in theatre and performance.

PAJ : a journal of performance and art.

TDR : The drama review.

Routledge Theatre and Performance Design Journal

Studies in theatre and performance.

New Theatre Quarterly.



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Websites and blogs

Blog which describes and critiques examples of contemporary performance.

An extensive research where you can find documentation of avant-garde performance.

Wiki produced in collaboration with Creative Time detailing applied performance projects and examples of experimental pedagogies



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Contemporary and Postdramatic Performance


Bachelard, G. 1969. The poetics of space. Boston: Beacon Press Books


Banes, S. and Lepecki, A. 2007. The senses in performance, Abingdon and New York: Routledge.


Brine, D. ed. 2008. The live art almanac.. London: Live Art Development Agency


Childs, N. & Walwin, J. 1998. A split second of paradise : live art, installation and performance. London: Rivers Oran Press


Garner, S. B. 1994. Bodied spaces : phenomenology and performance in contemporary drama, New York: Cornell University Press


Goldberg, R. 2001. Performance Art From Futurism to the Present. London: Thames and Hudson


Heathfield, A. 2004. “Alive” in Live : art and performance. London: Tate Publishing. pp. 6-13. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva


Heathfield, A. 2000 Small acts : performance, the millennium and the marking of time. London: Black Dog Publishing


Heddon, D. and Jennie Klein eds. 2012. Histories and practices of live art, New York: Palgrave Macmillan


Hill, L. and Paris, H. 2001. Guerilla Performance and Multimedia, New York: Continuum.


Keidan, L. and Mitchell CJ eds. 2007. Programme notes : case studies for locating experimental theatre. 2nd edition. London: Live Art Development Agency


Keidan, L. 2006. “This Must be the Place: Thoughts on Place, Placelessness and Live Art since the 1980s” in Hill, L. & Paris, H. eds. Performance and place London: Palgrave. pp. 8-18.


Johnson, D. 2015. The art of living : an oral history of performance art. Palgrave: London


Jones, A. 1998. Body art/performing the subject. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press


Jones, A. 2012. Perform, repeat, record : live art in history. London: Intellect   


Pearson, M. and Shanks, M. 2001. Theatre/archaeology. London: Routledge


Pearson, M. 2010. Site-specific performance. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Pearson, M. 2006. "In comes I" : performance, memory and landscape. Exeter: Exeter University Press


Rendell, J. 2010. Site-writing : the architecture of art criticism. London: I.B Tauris & Co



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Writing, Adaptation and Performance


Core resources:

Drama Online (various plays and authors, reading set most weeks)

Accessible via library website:

(your University login)


Modern British Playwriting, Volumes for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

(60s, 90s and 2000s available as ebooks via the library)


Behrndt, S and Turner, C (2007) Dramaturgy and performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave.


Greig, N. (2005) Playwriting : a practical guide, London: Routledge, 2005.


Hutcheon, L. (2006) A theory of adaptation, London: Routledge


Jorgen B. G, and Hanssen, E (eds. 2013) Adaptation studies : new challenges, new directions. New York: Bloomsbury.


Chapple, F and Kattenbelt, C (eds. 2006) Intermediality in theatre and performance, Amsterdam: Rodopi.


Sanders, J. (2006) Adaptation and appropriation, London: Routledge.


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Other useful module reading:


Ashton, E & Reinelt, J (2000) The Cambridge Companion to modern British women playwrights, Cambridge UP.


Ayckbourn, A (2004) The crafty art of playmaking, London : Faber and Faber.


Bay C. Lavender, A, Kattenbelt, C and Nelson, R (eds, 2010) Mapping intermediality in performance, Amsterdam: University Press


Cardwell, S. (2002) Adaptation revisited : television and the classic novel Manchester: Manchester University Press.


Cartmell, D. and Imelda Whelehan (eds. 1999) Adaptations : from text to screen, screen to text, London: Routledge,


Cartmell, D and Scott, M. (eds 2001) Talking Shakespeare : Shakespeare into the millennium Basingstoke: Palgrave


Eyre R. & Wright N. (2000) Changing stages : a view of British theatre in the twentieth century, London: Bloomsbury.


Geraghty, C. (2007)Now a major motion picture : film adaptations of literature and drama, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


McFarlane, B. (1996) Novel to film : an introduction to the theory of adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon Press


Pullman, P. His Dark Materials (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), London: Scholastic.


Sierz A. (2001) In-yer-face theatre : British drama today, London: Faber.


Stephenson H. and Langridge N. (1997) Rage and reason : women playwrights on playwriting, London : Methuen.


Wallis, M., and Shepherd, S. (1998) Studying plays. London: Arnold.



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Both available electronically via the library



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Applied Performance and the Intercultural


The 5 books in bold are particularly important for the practice we will develop.


Alfreds, M. 2013. Then what happens? : storytelling and adapting for the theatre. London: Nick Hern Books.


Anderson, M and O’Connor, P, eds. 2015. Applied theatre: Research : radical departures. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama


Bharba, H.K. 1994. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge


Bishop, C. “Pedagogic Projects: ‘How do you bring a classroom to life as if it were a work of art?’ in Artificial hells : participatory art and the politics of spectatorship pp.241 - 274 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva


Boal, A. 2002. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. 2nd edition. New York: Routledge


Brook, P. 1989. The shifting point : forty years of theatrical exploration, 1946-1987. London: Bloomsbury


Cohen-Cruz, J. 2010. Engaging performance : theatre as call and response. New York: Routledge


Coult, T and Kershaw, B. eds. 1983. Engineers of the Imagination The Welfare State Handbook. London: Methuen Publishing


Delgado, M. and Caridad Svich eds. 2002. Theatre in crisis? : performance manifestos for a new century. New York: Manchester University Press


Dewey, J. 1958. Art as Experience. New York: Capricorn


Dewey, J. 1966. Democracy and Education. New York: Free Press


Freire, P. 1999. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum


Gallagher, Kathleen and Booth, David (eds.) (2003) How theatre educates : convergences and counterpoints with artists, scholars and advocates Toronto; London: University of Toronto Press


Garoian, C. 1999. Performing pedagogy : toward an art of politics. Albany: State University of New York Press


Jackson, S. 2011. Social works : performing art, supporting publics. Oxon: Routledge


_______.”What is the ‘Social’ in Social Practice? Comparing Experiments in Performance.” In The Cambridge companion to performance studies [electronic resource], edited by Tracy C. Davis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Jackson, T. 1993. Learning through theatre : new perspectives on Theatre in Education.2nd edition. London: Routledge


Jackson, A. 2007. Theatre, education and the making of meanings : art or instument?. Manchester: University Press.


Johnston, C. 1998. House of games : making theatre from everyday life. New York: Routledge


Johnstone, K. 2007. Impro : improvisation and the theatre. London: Methuen Drama


Knowles, R. 2010. Theatre & interculturalism. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Kuppers, P. 2007 Community performance : an introduction. Oxon: Routledge


Nicholson, H. 2005. Applied drama. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Nicholson, H. 2009. Theatre & Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Nicholson, H and Hughes, J. eds. 2016. Critical perspectives on applied theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Prendergast, M and Saxton, J. 2009. Applied theatre : international case studies and challenges for practice. Bristol: Intellect


Prentki, T. and Preston, S. 2009. The applied theatre reader. London: Routledge


Spolin, V.1986. Theater games for the classroom : a teacher's handbook.Illinois: Northwestern University Press


Thompson, J. 2003 Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond. Oxford: P. Lang


Thompson, J. 2012. Performance affects : applied theatre and the end of effect. London: Palgrave Macmillan


Thompson, N. ed. 2012. Living as form : socially engaged art from 1991-2011. New York: Creative Time Books and MIT Press


White, G. 2015. Ed. Applied theatre : aesthetics. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama


Willett, J. 1964. Brecht on Theatre. London: Methuen


Wooster, Roger (2007) Contemporary theatre in education, Bristol: Intellect



Applied theatre research [electronic resource].

Research in drama education.




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Immersive and Scenographic Environments


Alston, A. 2016. Beyond immersive theatre : aesthetics, politics and productive participation. London: Palgrave Macmillan


Aronson, Arnold. 1981. The history and theory of environmental scenography. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press


Bell, Simon. 1999. Landscape : pattern, perception and process. London: Taylor and Francis


Crary, J. 2001. Suspensions of perception : attention, spectacle, and modern culture. London, MIT Press.


Crowther, P. 1993. Art and Embodiment: From Aesthetics to Self- Consciousness, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press.


Crowther, P. 2009. Phenomenology of the visual arts (even the frame). Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.


Di Benedetto, S. 2006. Guiding Somatic Responses within Performative Structures. The senses in performance. Routledge.


Di Benedetto, S. 2010. The provocation of the senses in contemporary theatre. New York, Routledge.


Dixon, S. 2005. Digital performance : a history of new media in theater, dance, performance art, and installation. London, The MIT Press.


Dyson, F. 2009. Sounding new media : immersion and embodiment in the arts and culture. London, University of California Press.


Freshwater, H. 2009. Theatre & audience. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Gibson, J. J. 1979. The ecological approach to visual perception. Boston: Houghton Mifflin


Grau, O. 2003. Virtual art : from illusion to immersion. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.


Griffiths, A. 2008. Shivers down your spine : cinema, museums, and the immersive view. New York: Columbia University Press.


Grotowski, J. 1968. Towards a poor theatre. New York: Simon and Schuster.


Harvie, Jen. 2013. Fair play : art, performance and neoliberalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Howard, Pamela. 2002. What Is Scenography? London: Routledge


Ingold, Tim. 2000. The perception of the environment : essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill. London: Routledge


Leder, D. 1990. The absent body. London: The University of Chicago Ltd.


Lehmann, H. 2006. Postdramatic Theatre. London: Routledge.


Hurley, E. 2010. Theatre & feeling. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Kaye, D. & Le Brechy, J. 2000. Sound and music for the theatre: the art and technique of design. Oxford: Focal Press.


Klich, R. & Scheer, E. 2011. Multimedia performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Machon, J. 2013. Immersive theatres : intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance. London: Palgrave Macmillan


Machon, Josephine. 2009. (Syn)aesthetics : redefining visceral performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan


Merleau-Ponty, M. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception. London: Routledge.


Mcauley, G. 1999. Space in performance : making meaning in the theatre. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.


McGinley, Paige. 2010. “A New Generation of Ensemble Performance.” Drama review : TDR. 54 (4): 11–38


Mckinney, J. & Butterworth, P. 2009. The Cambridge introduction to scenography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Oddey, A and White, C. 2013. Modes of spectating. Bristol: Intellect Books


Pallasmaa, J. 2005. The eyes of the skin : architecture and the senses. Chichester John Wiley and Sons.


Schechner, Richard. 1994. Environmental theater. New York: Applause Books.


Welton, M. 2012 Feeling theatre, Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan.


White, G. 2013. Audience Participation in Theatre: Aesthetics of the Invitation. London: Palgrave Macmillan


This list was last updated on 29/07/2016