Carnival Texts (Book)

Three plays for ensemble performance

Designed for undergraduate performance, Carnival Texts comprises three related dramatic works, all of which have as their point of departure Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of carnival, a literary style designed to subvert dominant assumptions through chaos and humor. Making creative use of post-Brechtian performance theory, these texts blur the distinction between spectator and performer in a fascinating exploration of physical, moral, and cultural upheaval in a postmodern age. Performance theory is crucial to understanding how performance affects collective understanding, and this book will be of interest to a broad range of students of drama and theater.

Category: Performing Arts
Series: Playtext

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Carnival Texts comprises three related dramatic works, all of which have as their point of departure Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of carnival, a literary style designed to subvert dominant assumptions through chaos and humour. Making creative use of post-Brechtian performance theory, these texts blur the distinction between spectator and performer in a fascinating exploration of physical, moral, and cultural upheaval in a postmodern age. Performance theory is crucial to understanding how performance affects collective understanding, and this book will be of interest to a broad range of students of drama and theatre.

James MacDonald is a playwright whose work is regularly staged in the United Kingdom. He is an honorary fellow of the drama department at the University of Exeter.

PART ONE: TEXTS 
 
Strangers To Paradise 
 
Brides, Bombs and Boardrooms 
 
Fete 
 
PART TWO: ESSAYS 
 
Fear into Laughter 
James MacDonald
 
Bodies in Pain: Realism and the Subversion of Spectacle in Brides, Bombs and Boardrooms 
John Lutz
 
Blowing Up the Nation: Vulnerability and Violence in James MacDonald’s Post-national England 
Jessica O’Hara
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