Representing the real
Verbatim practice in a sceptical age
in Acts and apparitions
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Emerging out of the prevailing climate of scepticism in the final decade of the twentieth century was the revitalisation of documentary forms of theatre in the first decade of the twenty-first. This chapter focuses on the much more widespread use of verbatim strategies to address issues of political and topical concern. It examines a range of different approaches to the representations of testifiers in verbatim performance. Verbatim practice shares some common ground with a postdramatic theatre practice in its rejection of the illusory, fictional dramatic world representations. The reduction of one person's reality to a dramatic representation is particularly problematic when the testimony itself is fused with additional material, thus further blurring the line between the fictional and the real.

Acts and apparitions

Discourses on the real in performance practice and theory, 1990–2010


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