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Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama / Edition 1
     

Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama / Edition 1

by Catherine Hughes
 

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ISBN-10: 0325000565

ISBN-13: 9780325000565

Pub. Date: 09/04/1998

Publisher: Heinemann

This unique new book will open people's eyes to the power of live theatre in museum settings - its capacity to touch the heart and mind, challenge understanding, and provoke new ways of thinking about exhibits. Catherine Hughes' aim is simple: to prove that there is no more vital a tool for making a subject, period, or people come to life than drama.

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This unique new book will open people's eyes to the power of live theatre in museum settings - its capacity to touch the heart and mind, challenge understanding, and provoke new ways of thinking about exhibits. Catherine Hughes' aim is simple: to prove that there is no more vital a tool for making a subject, period, or people come to life than drama.

This solid introduction proposes a rationale and definition for museum theatre, explores its foundations, and provides a glimpse into its future. It is supported by lots of examples of existing programs - including Boston's Museum of Science - as well as numerous frameworks for structure and style. There are helpful discussions of physical plant requirements, what to expect when using actors, and even whether one has to use actors. Most important, Hughes looks at the pros and cons of many of the issues teachers and museum workers will face: Should they use a script or improvise? Should they use real characters or fictional ones? Should they involve the audience in an interactive way or conduct a straightforward, dramatic presentation?

Hughes writes, "No one is immune to learning in a museum." Armed with this book, students and practitioners of both drama and museum studies will create a museum experience that visitors are unlikely to forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325000565
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/04/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface vi(1)
Introduction vii
1 A Day in the Bog
1(9)
2 A Personal Journey
10(8)
3 The Nature of Museums and Theatre
18(15)
4 Genesis and Impetus
33(17)
5 Goals and Principles
50(10)
6 Threads and Styles
60(13)
7 Comparisons of Size and Discipline
73(4)
8 Creative Drama in Museums
77(8)
9 Museum Theatre Without Walls
85(9)
10 Nuts and Bolts
94(21)
11 Learning and Evaluation
115(9)
12 Ethics and Values
124(15)
Epilogue 139(1)
Appendix 1 Resource Organizations 140(3)
Appendix 2 The Scientific Storyteller School Program 143(5)
Bibliography 148

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