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School of English and Drama

Materials and Materialism in Theatre and Performance

Materials and Materialism in Theatre and Performance

Materials and Materialism in Theatre and Performance

The Department of Drama takes a materialist approach to performance. We emphasise the question of social justice within theatre and performance practices, in areas such as pay, education, hierarchy, backstage and onstage labour, funding, property development, and the economic contexts of theatrical production. We investigate infrastructures and logistics in the production of performance. Our materialist approaches include scholarship on the previously neglected areas of backstage work and performance materials, such as costume, garments, light, and atmosphere.

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