If violence is a terrible thing, why do we watch it? Nevitt explores the use of violence in theatre and its effect on spectators. Critically engaging with examples of stage combat, rape, terrorism, wrestling and historical re-enactments, she argues that studying violence through theatre can be part of a desire to create a more peaceful world.
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Table of ContentsSeries Editors' Preface.- Foreword by Catherine Cusack .- Introduction: Two Examples of Spectating Violence .- 1. Thinking about Theatre and Violence .- 2. Spectatorship .- 3. Cause and Effect .- 4. The Act of Showing: Performativity and Ideology .- 5. History and Canonical Violence .- 6. Actuality and Simulation .- 7. Beyond Performance .- Conclusion.- Further Reading.- Acknowledgements.- Index.