Open Space: Theatre as Opportunity for Living

Open Space: Theatre as Opportunity for Living

by Roger Grainger


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Open Space: Theatre as Opportunity for Living by Roger Grainger

This book looks at the way theatre works in order to make 'space for living'. It provides the means to help one feel more deeply, think more clearly, relate more personally, by giving audiences and actors the opportunity to rehearse their roles within a setting which is imagined, but to make use of feelings and thoughts which are real. This book extends the territory explored by Peter Brook in The Empty Space. It adds a new psychological dimension: recognising that not only do we ourselves make space for theatre, but it is also true that theatre makes space for us -- a 'space for living'. Roger Grainger looks in turn at the different kinds of space theatre creates, using written sources and the spoken testimony of actors and members of the audience. The author's own discoveries as a professional actor give passion and immediacy to the acting/audience participation opportunities these insights provide. Based on genuine experience of, and love for, the theatre, this book does not present plays solely as literature but as particular kinds of theatrical experience. In so doing the author breaks new ground in theatre studies and provides actors and audience with tools that promote 'hands-on' knowledge and experience of the human value of drama and theatre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845196684
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Roger Grainger combines parish work with his practice as a counseling psychologist. He is the author of Bridging the GapThe Drama of the Rite, Educating AnglicansThe Language of the Rite, The Message of the Rite, Suspending Disbelief, and The Uses of Chaos. He also writes about therapeutic theater, group spirituality, and bereavement.

Table of Contents

Preface Salvo Pitruzzella vi

1 Theatre Space 1

2 Play-Space 11

3 Angry Space 19

4 Remembered Space 26

5 Occupied Space 33

6 Private Space 40

7 Functional Space 47

8 Space to Manoeuvre 54

9 Space as Depth 62

10 Space for Change 68

11 The Open Space 76

12 Space to be Human 81

Notes 85

Index 89

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