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PECI2701 Creative Practice and Performance Contexts Module Reading List

Creative Practice and Performance Contexts, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Fiona Bannon
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.  2013. Fair Play : Art, Performance and NeoliberalismPalgrave Macmillan.

Harvie, J. and Lavender, A. eds. 2001. 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.

Journal of adaptation in film & performance. (Intellect)

Adaptation (OUP)

Routledge Theatre and Performance Design Journal

New Theatre Quarterly.

Applied theatre research [electronic resource].

Research in drama education.

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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 

Useful academic blog documenting interviews with current artists.


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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.

Lavender, Andy (2016). "Theatres of Engagement: Performance After Postmodernism" in Performance in the 21st Century: Theatres of Engagement     

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

Schmidt, T. 2019. Agency: A Partial History of Live Art   (Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small (Project 0) and Selina Thompson)    

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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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Applied Performance and the Intercultural

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 

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



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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 21/08/2020