Skip to main content

Module Reading List

Theatre, Society and Self, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Bridie Moore
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

ENGL2050 Theatre, Society and Self 2020 - 21 Reading List

Set Texts for Purchase

Tim Crouch, An Oak Tree (Oberon Modern Plays, 2005)

Helen Freshwater, Theatre & audience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Set Chapters and Articles for Seminar Discussion

Please see module schedule for allocation of items to taught sessions.
Unless otherwise stated, electronic copies of these items are available through the library catalogue.

Week 1

 ‘Foreword’ by Lois Weaver and first three sections (i.e. up to p.38) of Theatre & Audience by Helen Freshwater (2009). 

Week 2

 Aristotle's definition of tragedy in Part VI of the Poetics, available here: Aristotle's Poetics 

Arthur Miller, “Tragedy and the Common Man” Arthur Miller: Tragedy and the Common Man 

Week 3

Brecht's A Short Organum for the Theatre.Brecht's A Short Organum for the Theatre

Bertolt Brecht (1974) ‘The Street Scene: A basic Model for an Epic Theatre’ in (John Willett ed.) Brecht on Theatre, (2nd ed.), pp. 121 – 129 this text can be downloaded from Brecht's The Street Scene: A Basic Model for an Epic Theatre

Week 4

Frances Babbage, Ch. 1 ‘Biography and Context’, in Augusto Boal (Routledge, 2004), pp.1-33.

Augusto Boal, Ch. 4 ‘Poetics of the Oppressed’, in Theatre of the Oppressed (Pluto Press, 2008 [1974]), pp. 95-135.

Week 5

Pamuk, O, (2012), The Innocence of Objects , Abrams, New York, p.54.- p.57  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 24/02/2021) 

and the following: Orhan Pamuk’s Modest Manifesto for Museums

Paul Toni-dee, 'Crisis, Change, Care' in Alister Lownie, Field Notes (Two Destination Langage, 2020), pp. 83-8. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (RM 10/02/2021)  

Week 6

Read the Sample from Phil Smith’s Site Specific Theatre that is posted as a PDF on Minerva.

Week 7 (two parts to this week)

Alison Jeffers, Gerri Moriarty, Culture, Democracy and the Right to Make Art, Chapters 1 and one other chapter of your choosing.  

Read one case study from Francios Matarraso’s website and prepare to feedback on it: Francis Matarraso's A Restless Art

Week 7 (continued)

Geese Theatre

Part 1 of the Geese Theatre Handbook which is an open source publication

Part 2, No. 7 of The Applied Theatre Reader (Tim Prentki and Shelia Preston) which is available online from the library. 

Chapter 2 in Performing Arts in Prisons: Creative Perspectives 2019 edited by Michael Balfour    

Week 8

Josephine Machon, Immersive theatres : intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Adam Alston. (2013) ‘Audience Participation and Neoliberal Value: Risk, agency and responsibility in immersive theatre’, Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts 18(2): 128-138. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (RM 10/02/2021)  

Further Reading: Section in LADA Study Room Guide on One to One Performance, by Rachel Zerihan. Read at least the the section on Adrian Howels: pp. 34 – 37 but there are other interesting artists profiled in this guide. Available to download at:  I've since changed this link again and checked that it will work by opening in another tab, this worked so should be ok now.

Top of page

Recommendations for Further Reading: General and Artist-Specific

These are suggestions for further reading. The lists are not exhaustive and you will find more resources, including journalism, blogs and reviews, online. You will also find more resources, in relation to some of the topics and practitioners, by searching the library catalogue and by using electronic resources such as Project Muse and Web of Knowledge.

Top of page


Sally Banes and André Lepecki (eds.), The senses in performance (Routledge, 2006)

Carol Becker, Surpassing the spectacle : global transformations and the changing politics of art (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002)

Johanna Billing, Maria Lind and Lars Nilsson (eds.), Taking the matter into common hands : on contemporary art and collaborative practices (Black Dog, 2007)

Bishop, Claire (ed.) Participation: Documents of Contemporary Art (Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2006)

_______________ Artificial hells : participatory art and the politics of spectatorship (Verso, 2012)

Stephen Bottoms (ed.), Contemporary theatre review. Special Issue: Forum: ‘Tim Crouch, The Author and the Audience’ 21.4 (2011)

Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational aesthetics (Les Presses du Reél, 2002)

Daniel Brine and Lois Keidan (eds.), Programme notes : case studies for locating experimental theatre (Live Art Development Agency, 2007)

Marvin Carlson, Performance: A Critical Introduction, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2003)

Jan Cohen-Cruz, Engaging performance : theatre as call and response (Routledge, 2010)

Colette Conroy, Theatre & the body  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Maria Delgado and Caridad Svich (eds.), Theatre in crisis? : performance manifestos for a new century (Manchester UP, 2002)

Jill Dolan, Utopia in performance : finding hope at the theater (University of Michigan Press, 2005)

Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu (eds.), Ch. 9 ‘Political Theatre “without Finger-Wagging”: On the Paper Birds and Integrative Aesthetics’, in Reverberations across small-scale British theatre : politics, aesthetics and forms (Intellect, 2013), pp. 155-174. 

Sean F. Edgecomb, ‘The Ridiculous Performance of Taylor Mac’, in Theatre journal. 64.4 (2012), pp. 549-563.

Erika Fischer-Lichte, The transformative power of performance : a new aesthetics (Routledge, 2008)

Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti, The chairs are where the people go : how to live, work, and play in the city (Faber and Faber, 2011)

Reasons to be Graeae (Oberon, 2018) 

Helena Grehan, Performance, ethics and spectatorship in a global age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Susan Haedicke and Tobin Nellhaus (eds.), Performing democracy : international perspectives on urban community-based performance (University of Michigan Press, 2001)

Adrian Heathfield, ‘Risk in Intimacy: An Interview with Bobby Baker’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 4.1 (1999), pp. 97-106.

Jen Harvie, Ch. 1 ‘Labour: Participation, Delegation and Deregulation’, in Fair play : art, performance and neoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.26-61. 

Jen Harvie, Theatre & the city (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Jen Harvie, Staging the UK (Manchester University Press, 2005)

Deirdre Heddon and Adrian Howells, ‘From Talking to Silence: A Confessional Journey’, PAJ : a journal of performance and art. 33.1 (2011), pp. 1-12.

Deirdre Heddon, Autobiography and performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Wendy Hubbard, ‘Falling Faint: On syncopated spectatorship and The Author ’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 18.4 (2013), pp. 22-29.

Pablo Helguera, Education for socially engaged art : a materials and techniques handbook (Jorge Pinto Books, 2011)

Helen Iball, ‘Towards an Ethics of Intimate Audience’, Performing ethos : an international journal of ethics in theatre & performance. 3.1 (2013), pp. 41-57.

Erin Hurley, Theatre & feeling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Shannon Jackson, Social works : performing art, supporting publics (Routledge, 2011)

Susan Kattwinkel, Audience participation : essays on inclusion in performance (Praeger, 2003)

Kaprow, Alan, Jeff Kelley (ed) (2003) Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life, Berkley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press
Kelleher, Joe Theatre & Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2009)
Baz Kershaw, The politics of performance : radical theatre as cultural intervention (Routledge, 1992)

Knowles, Richard, Theatre & Interculturalism, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan (2010)
Kuppers, Petra Community Performance: An Introduction, Abbingdon: Routledge (2007)

Grant Kester, Conversation pieces : community and communication in modern art (University of California Press, 2004)

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

Gay McAuley, Space in performance : making meaning in the theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2000)

Bruce McConachie Theatre & Mind (Baisingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) pp. 9 - 29 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva     see page range (9-29)

Bruce McConachie, Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2008)   

Nicholson, Helen Theatre & Education, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan (2009)

Alison Oddey and Christine White, Modes of spectating (Intellect, 2011)

Paul Rae, Theatre & human rights  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Jacques Rancière, The emancipated spectator (Verso, 2009)

Nicholas Ridout, Theatre & ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

______ Stage fright, animals, and other theatrical problems (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Solga, Kim, Theatre & Feminism London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2016) 

James Thompson, Ch. 4 ‘Performance Affects: A Kind of Triumph’ in Performance affects : applied theatre and the end of effect (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 115-135.

Samuel Weber, Theatricality as medium (Fordham UP, 2004)

Gareth White, Ch. 4 ‘Accepting the Invitation’ in Audience participation in theatre [electronic resource] : aesthetics of the invitation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 159-194.

Rachel Zerihan. ‘One-to-One theatre, a Study Room Guide,’ Zerihan's Study Room Guide to One to One Performance

I've changed the link for a new working link.

Top of page


Top of page

Augusto Boal

Boal, A. (2013). The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy (1st ed.). Routledge.   

Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed (Pluto Press, 2008 [1974]).

From forum to legislative theatre [videorecording] : with Augusto and Julian Boal. DVD recording is available from Edward Boyle Library High Demand collection.

Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed: 15th Annual Conference 18-24 May, 2009. DVD recording is available from Edward Boyle Library High Demand collection.

Frances Babbage, Augusto Boal (Routledge, 2004)

Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman, Playing Boal : theatre, therapy, activism (Routledge, 1994)

Top of page

Tim Crouch

Stephen Bottoms (ed.), Contemporary theatre review. Special Issue: Forum: ‘Tim Crouch, The Author and the Audience’ 21.4 (2011)


David Lane, ‘A Dramaturg’s perspective: Looking to the future of script development’, Studies in theatre and performance. 30.1 (March 2010): 127-142.

Emilie Morin, ‘”Look Again”: Indeterminacy and Contemporary British Drama’, New Theatre Quarterly. 27:1 (2011): 71-85.

Gareth White, Audience participation in theatre [electronic resource] : aesthetics of the invitation (Palgrave Macmillan)

This list was last updated on 24/03/2021