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The Elizabethan Player
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The Elizabethan Player

Contemporary Stage Representation
David Albert Mann
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The Elizabethan Player

Contemporary Stage Representation
David Albert Mann
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In this book, first published in 1991, David Mann argues for more attention to the performer in the study of Elizabethan plays and less concern for their supposed meanings and morals. He concentrates on a collection of extracts from plays which show the Elizabethan actor as a character onstage. He draws from the texts a range of issues concerning performance practice: the nature of iterance; doubling and its implications for presentational acting; the importance of clowning and improvisation; and the effects of audience and venue on the dynamics of performance.

The author suggests that the stage representation of players is in part a nostalgic farewell to the passing of an impure but perhaps more vital theatre, and in part an acknowledgement of the threat the adult theatre's growing sophistication offered to its institutional and adolescent rivals. This title will be of interest to students of Drama and Performance.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2017
ISBN
9781351687614
Topic
Media & Performing Arts
Subtopic
Performing Arts
Edition
1

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