The editors would like to record their indebtedness to a number of people who have given generously of their time and expertise during the production of this book. First and foremost, we would like to pay tribute to the contributors to this collection, without whose hard work, thoughtfulness, patience and good humour it would not have come to fruition. We also want to acknowledge the palpable if unseen influence of those colleagues and students who enthusiastically endorsed the idea for a book about the links between psychoanalysis and performance. In this connection, especial thanks are due to Helen Spackman and Joe Kelleher, who were amongst the first to identify the need for a collection of essays of this topic; to Talia Rodgers and Rosie Waters at Routledge for having faith in the project; and to Nancy Jenkins, and the extended family of friends who supported our endeavours throughout. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to our respective institutions, Middlesex University and the University of Surrey Roehampton, for their support.