Latest journal: Volume 27, Issue 1
Special Issue: Theatre, Performance, and the Amateur Turn
Edited by Nadine Holdsworth, Jane Milling & Helen Nicholson
This special issue brings together research that examines amateurism as a cultural practice and as an aesthetic strategy, engaging with questions of shared experiences and sociability; everyday creativity; practical tools, skills, and volunteer labour; cultural legitimacy and value; and amateurism as a contested site of failure.
Latest journal: Volume 26, Issue 4
Read the latest issue of this international peer-reviewed journal that engages with the crucial issues and innovations in theatre today. Each issue includes in-depth articles addressing a range of topics and forms, reflections on the creative process collected in the Documents section, book reviews, and Backpages, a forum for immediate responses to current events from scholars and practitioners.[read more]
Latest journal: Volume 26, Issue 3
Special Issue: Simon Stephens: British Playwright in Dialogue with Europe, edited by David Barnett
This latest issue of Contemporary Theatre Review collects critical perspectives on the work of contemporary playwright Simon Stephens, with particular focus on his collaborative relationships with directors and the productive exchange between British and European theatre-making practices.
Latest journal: Volume 26, Issue 2
Read the latest issue of this international peer-reviewed journal, engaging with the crucial issues and innovations in theatre today. Each issue includes in-depth articles addressing a range of topics and forms, reflections on the creative process collected in the Documents section, book reviews, and Backpages, a forum for immediate responses to current events from scholars and practitioners.[read more]
Latest journal: Volume 26, Issue 1
David Greig: Dramaturgies of Encounter and Engagement, edited by Jacqueline Bolton
This special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review focuses on the work of contemporary Scottish playwright David Greig. The issue emerges from a symposium held around the time of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, and addresses issues of national identity and globalization, utopianism and dissensus, and political engagement and participatory practice.
Latest journal: Volume 25, Issue 4
From a close reading of a recent playscript to an analysis of interventions in spectator relations, and from configurations of femininity in Japanese Butoh to the use of ‘play’ in the ceremonies of the Shona people of southern Africa, this latest journal reflects a breadth of contemporary theatre practices as well as a variety of scholarly modes of engagement with them.[read more]
Latest journal: Volume 25, Issue 3
Special Issue: Theatre, Performance and Activism: Gestures towards an Equitable World
Edited by Jenny Hughes and Simon Parry
The latest print issue combines scholarly articles with contributions from artist-activists to explore the theatrical gestures of protest: gestures that traverse the private and public realms, gestures that manifest the labour of care, gestures of migration and movement, and gestures of solidarity.
Latest journal: Volume 25, Issue 2
Special Issue: Electoral Theatre
Edited by Stephen Bottoms and Brenda Hollweg
This edition of Contemporary Theatre Review is timed to coincide with the UK General Election of May 2015. It deals in part with theatre about electoral politics, but also considers electoral politics as a kind of theatre, taking an interdisciplinary approach to affective dimensions of voting, dramaturgical strategies of address, and critiques of broadcast media.
Latest journal: Volume 25, Issue 1
The Politics, Processes and Practices of Editing, guest-edited by Maria M. Delgado & Joanne Tompkins
This special issue brings together 33 short essays offering critical reflections and commentaries on the myriad practices, problems and provocations of editing. It is a conversation about how – as editors in formal and informal capacities – we write, how we curate, how we fashion and formulate, how we shape and feedback, and the changes and challenges that the digital era has introduced.
Latest journal: Volume 24, Issue 4
A Controversial Company: Debating the Casting of the RSC’s The Orphan of Zhao, edited by Amanda Rogers and Ashley Thorpe. The storm surrounding the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2012-13 production of The Orphan of Zhao brought to the fore issues of racial-ethnic theatrical representation in casting. This Special Issue brings together material from all sides of the debate, from the RSC and British East Asian (BEA) actors, from practitioners and academics, to offer a series of documents on what could become a decisive, and positive, moment in the history of BEA performance in Britain.[read more]
Latest journal: Volume 24, Issue 3
As with a previous forum on theatre-maker Tim Crouch, this special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review focuses on a single writer, contemporary British playwright Martin Crimp. Titled ‘Dealing with Martin Crimp’, this issue documents and expands on a conference held at the Royal Court in 2013. As the articles in this issue address, the source of Crimp’s originality is composed of a variety of factors: distinctive writing strategies that continue to be refined, an understanding of internationalism but also of distinct cultural sensibilities, and the value of collaboration across a diverse range of genres and media.[read more]
Volume 24, Issue 2 (May 2014)
Methodologies for our discipline continue to expand to recognise the cross-cultural currents that shape much scholarship across the live art, performance and theatre boundaries. As such, the articles that constitute this issue similarly demonstrate a breadth of methodologies used in contemporary theatre, performance and live art studies, through: close readings of a production from first-person viewing; study of play texts and their reception histories; cultural materialist analysis of venues and urban settings; and interdisciplinary analysis drawing particularly on the history of art (and particularly of photography).[read more]