Research Methods in Theatre and Performance


How have research methods and methodologies adapted to the burgeoning environment of theatre and performance studies in recent years? And how can researchers select the best approach for their project? The twenty-nine contributors in this book, including lecturers in performance history, theatre, drama, and scenography as well as practicing theatre directors, artists, writers, and performers, tackle these questions by first discussing the domains of research -- archives, technology, and creative practices -- and then focusing on selected specialist areas of research such as history and historiography, scenography and visual theatre, the body in performance, and applied theatre and performance. Designed both as a critical digest of methodologies and a toolbox of adaptable methods, this book, written in close association with the membership of TaPRA (the Theatre and Performance Research Association), guides individual researchers and encourages collaborative research learning.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Baz Kershaw
  • Helen Nicholson
  • Maggie B. Gale
  • Ann Featherstone
  • Steve Dixon
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2011


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