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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

Linda Shenk

greater international intervention. 7 Essex’s entertainment is steeped in the same tropes (and their associated political interests) that underwrite such famous works as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester’s Kenilworth entertainments (1575); Sir Philip Sidney’s The Lady of May (1578); and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford’s festivities at Elvetham (1591) even as they also suggest attention to court

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Translating globalised knowledge in performance
Simon Parry

). Somalia’s Commoning sense 143 globalisation is a consequence of decades of civil war, a botched international intervention, and patterns of coerced migration within and out of the Horn of Africa region. Many people fled the country in the 1990s moving to Kenya, Europe, North America or other parts of the world. However, Menkhaus is not just referring to dispersal. Somalia’s globalisation is constituted by the movement of people, money, power, commodities and ideas backwards and forwards between Somalia and the rest of world and across a shifting Somali diaspora

in Science in performance
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Duelling confession within the novel
Neil Cornwell

), inadvertently sets events in train by perishing while engaged in the anal penetration of the novel’s young Jewish protagonist and narrator, Aslan. 31 However, it is Aslan’s ruthlessness, combined with his utter incompetence, which leads, in the wake of what has happened (the ‘trifling matter’ of ‘the disappearance of a sinful monk’ (ibid., 105)), to the brink of communal disaster – the day being saved only by ‘near-miraculous’ international intervention. Aslan’s false accusations come at a critical stage of what has been in effect a long

in Odoevsky’s four pathways into modern fiction