Academic journal article TheatreForum

Editor's Note

Academic journal article TheatreForum

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

The contributions to this issue of TheatreForum are all engaged in challenging boundaries. These assumed boundaries may lie between reality and fiction, performer and spectator, theatrical space and public space, or actor and character. As these articles illustrate, theatre can reveal the permeability and fluidity of boundaries which previously seemed fixed.

Philippa Wehle explores the documentary theatre of Mohamed El Khatib. El Khatib's productions vary from the ambitious fifty-person cast of Stadium, a celebration of soccer fan culture in Lens, France, to intimate, minimally staged productions which focus on the loss of loved ones. Juliane Pettorossi guides the reader through Vanessa Long Dance Company's immersive performances, which challenge the spectator's apathy to social and environmental problems. Engaging with social inequality through audience participation is also the core of Zofia Smolarska's examination of Polish participatory theatre, which focuses on the work of two current artists: Wojtek Ziemilski and Anna Karasińska. Sally Ollove writes about contemporary American cabaret, highlighting the work of Dina Martina and Martha Graham Cracker, two cabaret drag personas. …

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