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Witness onstage

Documentary theatre in twenty-first century Russia

By Molly Flynn

Witness onstage

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2619-1
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: October 2019
  • BIC Category: Theatre Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, The arts / Theatre: individual actors & directors, Theatre Direction & Production, The arts / Theatre studies
  • Series: Theatre: Theory – Practice – Performance

Description

As the Kremlin's crackdown on freedom of expression continues to tighten, Russian playwrights and directors are using documentary theatre to create space for the public discussion of injustice in the civic sphere and its connections to the country's twentieth-century past. Witness Onstage traces the history of documentary theatre's rapid growth in twenty-first century Russia and situates the form within the socio-political setting of the Putin years. It argues that through the practice of performing documents, Russian theatre artists are creating a new type of cultural and historical archive that challenges the dominance of state-sponsored media and invites individuals to participate in a collective renegotiation of cultural narratives.

Author

Molly Flynn is a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck University of London

Contents

Introduction
1. History on Trial
2. Called to the Stand
3. Evidentiary Hearing
4. Material Witness
5. Burden of Proof
6. A Special Verdict
Conclusion
Index

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