Applied Theatre

Bewilderment and Beyond

by James Thompson (Author)
Monographs XXIV, 196 Pages
Series: Peter Lang Ltd., Volume 5
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Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond explores the practice of theatre in communities and social institutions with marginalised groups. It shifts between contexts and countries to examine different ways that theatre has been applied to a wide range of social issues. Theatre projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom are analysed to argue for a complex and questioning view of the practice. Initiatives in prisons, developing countries, war situations and participatory research projects become the sites to interrogate the claims that applied theatre can be a theatre for social change.
Many practitioners and researchers have witnessed powerful applied theatre projects but nonetheless struggled to articulate the reasons for the projects’ success. This book uses the questions inspired by that perplexity to create a case for applied theatre as a major area of contemporary theatre practice.


XXIV, 196
ISBN (eBook)
ISBN (Book)
Publication date
2003 (September)
Education /Theatre People /Theatre Theatre /Social aspect Applied Theatre Community theatre Brazil Burkina Faso Sri Lanka prisons social Bewilderment
Oxford, 2008. XXIV,196 pp.

Biographical notes

James Thompson (Author)

James Thompson is Professor of Applied and Social Theatre at the University of Manchester, where he is also Director of the In Place of War project and a Director of the Centre for Applied Theatre Research. He has run applied theatre projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is author of Drama Workshops for Anger Management and Offending Behaviour (1999), Digging Up Stories: Applied Theatre, Performance and War (2005), Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect (2009) and, with Jenny Hughes and Michael Balfour, Performance In Place of War (2009).


Title: Applied Theatre