Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2015

258 Pages | 21 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719099311

Bookseller Code (06)

Not magic but work

An ethnographic account of a rehearsal process

Gay McAuley

Published by Manchester University Press

Theatre Theory Practice Performance MUP

  • Looks at all the artists, technicians and craftsmen involved in the process of producing a play, not just the stars or the director; McAuley focuses on the collaborative nature of theatrical creation
  • Considers the institutional and cultural contexts within which the rehearsal process is embedded, and to which it contributes
  • Based on participant observation of the whole rehearsal process and the subsequent run of the production as well as interviews with performers, design team and company staff
  • Draws on 20 years of pioneering research into rehearsal process by Gay McAuley and her colleagues at the Department of Performance Studies
  • Contains theoretical and analytical essays extrapolating from the work observed as well as reflections on the practice of observation

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