Emergencies and spectatorship
in Precarious spectatorship
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The introduction contextualises the book through analysis of political rhetoric which is designed to produce a sense of emergency. Building on recent theories from geography, I offer a definition of ‘emergency’ as the projection of a future crisis which demands compliance to a defined set of common practices (protocol). I define my key terms ‘theatre’, ‘spectator’ and ‘image’, and undertake a brief case study into the ways in which theatre might push beyond the ‘representable’ – which is how, I argue, emergencies are produced and maintained at the level of the image.

Precarious spectatorship

Theatre and image in an age of emergencies


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