Theatre of Real People

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Ulrike Garde & Meg Mumford

Published by Methuen

Subtitled Diverse Encounters at Berlin's Hebbel am Ufer and Beyond, Theatre of Real People offers fresh perspectives on the current fascination with putting people on stage who present aspects of their own lives and who are not usually trained actors

After providing a history of this mode of performance, and theoretical frameworks for its analysis, the book focuses on work developed by seminal practitioners at Berlin's Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) production house

It invites the reader to explore the HAU's innovative approach to Theatre of Real People, authenticity and cultural diversity during the period of Matthias Lilienthal's leadership (200312).

Garde and Mumford also elucidate how Theatre of Real People can create and destabilise a sense of the authentic, and suggest how Authenticity-Effects can present new ways of perceiving diverse and unfamiliar people

Through a detailed analysis of key HAU productions such as Lilienthal's brainchild X-Apartments, Mobile Academy's Blackmarket, and Rimini Protokoll's 100% City, the book explores both the artistic agenda of an important European theatre institution, and a crucial aspect of contemporary theatre's social engagement



1. A Historical Perspective on Theatre of Real People
2. Theatre of Real People at the HAU
3. Theatre and Authenticity-Effects
4. Encounters with Cultural Diversity at the HAU
5. Berliners with an 'Authenticity Guarantee': Cultural Complexity in 100% Berlin and 100% City
6. Meeting Unfamiliar Residents in Berlin: Playing with Frames of Reference in X-Apartments 7. Unsettling Journey into the Unfamiliar: Ambiguous Guides to the City in Call Cutta: Mobile Phone Theatre
8. Getting Closer to the Subject(s) of Migration: Partial Proximity in Schwarzmarkt No. 7 and Mr Dagaçar and the Golden Tectonics of Trash




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