Contemporary British Queer Performance

Greer, S. (2012) Contemporary British Queer Performance. Series: Performance interventions. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230304420

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If the 1970s saw the first appearance of lesbian and gay dramas, the 1990s have seen the rise of a broader but more troublesome claim on queer performance. If no longer tied to the politics of 'coming out' and the question of visibility, for whom and how does queer performance act? Drawing on queer theory's questioning of identity, representation and authenticity, this volume presents a genealogy of performance practice which begins in discussion of Gay Sweatshop (the UK's first openly lesbian and gay theatre company) before turning to examine where its foundational priorities and aspirations have been transformed in works and practice of the last twenty years. Grounded in practitioner and audience accounts of performance, this book examines works produced in a range of new contexts to argue for the significance of collaborative practices across Britain: as national and community histories; as protest and activism; as theatre-in-education and applied theatre; and within the UK's queer arts festivals.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Greer, Dr Stephen
Authors: Greer, S.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
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