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In Defence of Theatre

Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions

edited by Kathleen Gallagher & Barry Freeman

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2016
General, Canadian, Urban, General, History & Criticism, General
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Why theatre now? Reflecting on the mix of challenges and opportunities that face theatre in communities that are necessarily becoming global in scope and technologically driven, In Defence of Theatre offers a range of passionate reflections on this important question.

Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman bring together nineteen playwrights, actors, directors, scholars, and educators who discuss the role that theatre can – and must – play in professional, community, and educational venues. Stepping back from their daily work, they offer scholarly research, artists’ reflections, interviews, and creative texts that argue for theatre as a response to the political and cultural challenges emerging in the twenty-first century. Contributors address theatre’s contribution to local and global politics of place, its power as an antidote to various modern social ailments, and its pursuit of equality. Of equal concern are the systematic and practical challenges that confront those involved in realizing theatre’s full potential.

About the authors

Kathleen Gallagher is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Distinguished Professor in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, cross-appointed to the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Barry Freeman is an assistant professor and director of theatre and performance studies in the Department of Art, Culture, and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Editorial Reviews

"This collection helpfully expands the debate on "why theatre now" by providing a selection of points of view and experiences offering a hopeful message for the future of theatre."

University of Toronto Quarterly, vol 87 3, Summer 2018

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