British Pantomime Performance
By (author) Millie Taylor
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British Pantomime Performance by Millie Taylor
Book DescriptionThis book offers an original analysis of contemporary British pantomime that addresses the question of how pantomime creates a unique interactive relationship with, and potentially transformative experience for, its audiences. British pantomime draws audiences into the story, an engagement with the hero, and an empathetic attachment to the success of the quest. Attention is held by the familiarity of the event, and the comedians draw the audience into a relationship of complicity as they unite to create the unique experience of the live interactive performance. At other times, the audience is diverted by the artifice of dance, the illusion of transformation and the surreal playfulness of physical and verbal comedy. The trick of pantomime is to maintain an effective balance between the intellectual appreciation of artifice, the chaotic complicity of interactivity, and the emotional engagement of story-telling. This is an accessible and valuable text that encourages readers to review their assumptions about pantomime and reconsider its importance as a popular theatre form.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841501741
(229mm x 180mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Intellect Books
Publisher: Intellect Books
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Millie Taylor
Studying Musical Theatre, Hardback (November 2014)
The ideal accompaniment to any study of musical theatre, this lively textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory and practice of this popular theatre form. Bringing critical theory and musical theatre together, it focuses on a diverse range of key shows - from HMS Pinafore (1878) to Mamma Mia (1999) and Imago (2013).
Gestures of Music Theater, Paperback (January 2014)
Gestures of Music Theater explores examples of Song and Dance as performative gestures that entertain and affect audiences. The chapters interact to reveal the complex energies of performativity. In experiencing these energies, music theatre is revealed as a dynamic accretion of active, complex and dialogical experiences.
Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment, Hardback (January 2012)» View all books by Millie Taylor
Beginning from the passion musical theatre performances arouse and their ubiquity in London's West End and on Broadway, this book explores the ways in which musical theatre reaches out to and involves its audiences. It investigates how pleasure is stimulated by vocal, musical and spectacular performances.
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Author Biography - Millie Taylor
Dr. Millie Taylor began her career as a freelance musical director. She toured Britain and Europe with a variety of musicals including West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd and Peter Pan as well as numerous pantomimes. She is Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester, where her research focuses on British pantomime, musical theatre and experimental music theatre.
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