Redefining Theatre Communities explores the interplay between contemporary theatre and communities. It considers the aesthetic, social, and cultural aspects of community-conscious theatre-making. While doing so, the volume reflects on recent transformations in structural, textual, and theatrical conventions and traditions, and explores the changing modes of production and spectatorship in relation to theatre communities. The essays edited by Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca present an array of emerging perspectives on the politics, ethics, and practices of community representation on the contemporary international theatre landscape. An international, interdisciplinary collection featuring work by theatre scholars, theatre-makers, and artistic directors from across Europe and beyond, Redefining Theatre Communities will appeal to those interested in the diverse forms of socially engaged theatre and performance.
Introduction Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca PART I: Theatre Communities: Traces, Places and Belonging Communal Solidarity and Amateur Theatre in Post-Revolutionary Russia: Theoretical Approaches Stefan Aquilina Theatre in Malta: Which Spaces Does the Community Occupy? Vicki Ann Cremona and Ruben Paul Borg Performance, Dislocation and Spirituality: Adrift Together Zoe Zontou PART II: Performing Communal Identities: Ethics, Politics and Affect The Politics of Spectatorship: Community, Ethics and Affect in Contemporary British Rewritings of Ancient Tragedies Maria Elena Capitani Living and Working in Tepantor: Understanding Political Theatre and the Community Pujya Ghosh Bodies Without Organs and Organs Without Bodies: The Maltese Experience of Creating National Theatres Marco Galea PART III: ‘Glocal’ Representations of Theatre Communities Local and Global Stages: Translating Communities in Hybrid Cultural Spaces Szabolcs Musca The Economic Communities of the Edinburgh August Festivals: An Exclusive ‘Global Sense of Place’ and an Inclusive ‘Local Sense of Space’ Evi Stamatiou Strategies of Empowerment: Postmigrant Theatre at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Hasibe Kalkan PART IV: Creative Encounters: Changing Ecologies Community and Ownership: Uncovering New Voices at the Royal Court Theatre Mark O’Thomas in conversation with Vicky Featherstone UrbanDig Project: Theatre for Neighbourhoods Zoe Zontou in conversation with George Sachinis Community Theatre as Political Theatre: Towards a New Political Theatre Practice Marius Bogdan Tudor and Ionuț Sociu in conversation with David Schwartz PART V: Emerging Practices: Connecting Through the Digital and the Verbatim New Technologies for a New Audience? Using Transmedia Storytelling towards a New Experience Design Form Ágnes Bakk Manipulation of Reality Through an Interactive Game: Remote X as an Example of New Modes of Spectatorship Nad’a Satkova Feeding Back: Verbatim Theatre and/as Communal Practice Bettina Auerswald Conclusion Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca Notes on Contributors