Political Dramaturgies and Theatre Spectatorship: Provocations for Change
In this book, the authors examine present-day political dramaturgies. What do we mean when we describe theatre as political today? How might theatre-makers’ provocations for change need to be differently designed when addressing the precarious spectator-subject of twenty- first century neoliberalism? In this important study Liz Tomlin interrogates the influential theories of Jacques Rancière to propose a new framework of analysis through which contemporary political dramaturgies can be investigated. Drawing, in particular, on Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, Lilie Chouliaraki and Judith Butler, Tomlin argues that the capacities of the contemporary and future spectator to be ‘effected’ or ‘affected’ by politically-engaged theatre need to be urgently re-evaluated.
Tomlin, Liz. Political Dramaturgies and Theatre Spectatorship: Provocations for Change. Methuen Drama Engage Ser. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2019.