Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe

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Mark Crossley & James Yarker

Published by Methuen

For theatre students, fans and theatre-makers, Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe is an inspiring account and practical guide to contemporary performance practice

Since it was founded in 1991, British theatre company Stan's Cafe has garnered an international reputation for artistic innovation, and prolific, eclectic performance projects

Their work has toured nationally and internationally in over fifty cities around the world

Embracing site-specific, immersive, durational, non-text-based as well as scripted work, Stan's Cafe's portfolio defies simple categorization

Running through all their work, however, is a collaborative devising process that champions a playful experimentation with form

Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe reveals and reflects on their theatre-making process, providing an illuminating and accessible account of their work and the approaches, techniques and philosophies which underpin and inspire it

Co-authored by artistic director James Yarker & Dr Mark Crossley, the book places their work within the wider context of contemporary theatre, providing the perfect companion to anyone looking to make their own original theatre or performance work


List of illustrations

1. Setting the scene

2. The company in context

3. Getting an Idea

4. Dramaturgy and rehearsal

5. Text in contemporary practice

6. Mise en scène

7. Space and Time

8. Performing: The nature of contemporary ensemble practice

9. Direction

10. Editing

11. Audience and spectatorship

12. Finale



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