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Applied theatre:  an exclusionary discourse?

By Judith Ackroyd


This paper considers the new discourse of applied theatre and suggests that ‘applied theatre’ has\ud moved from being an umbrella term to refer to a range of particular forms of theatre practice\ud sharing specific common features, to become a term referring to a specific form itself. It suggests\ud that the discourse now delineates a restricted and exclusive type of radical practice, enshrined in\ud an evangelical frame. The new discourse acts to exclude a range of other practices that might\ud once have been deemed appropriately placed under an applied theatre umbrella. Consideration is\ud given to why the term was introduced, whether it serves a useful function, and to its subsequent\ud trajectory. Furthermore, the paper suggests that one of the forms that has been pushed out into the\ud rain is drama in education.\u

Topics: PN2041, PN2049
Year: 2007
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