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Passions in Practice Workshop

Led by Michael Meeuwis (English/Warwick)



How normal is passion to the production of theatre, and who do we expect to bear its costs: physical, as well as financial? These readings examine how various sorts of “passion” inform how theatrical arts are made and subsidized. Joseph Roach surveys the history of passion as a history of the actor’s body; Brecht calls for the return of a kind of “passion” similar to that involve in sports spectatorship to theatre-making and theatregoing. As an introduction, though, Charles Isherwood reminds us that the costs of theatrical passion often fall most heavily on theatrical performers—at least, in austerity-era arts regimes.