TITLE

Literary criticism, theatre theory and the director’s task: Katie Mitchell’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull

AUTHOR(S)
McEvoy, William
PUB. DATE
June 2016
SOURCE
Studies in Theatre & Performance;Jun2016, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p118
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article looks at how Chekhov’s playThe Seagullthematises the challenges of translating and directing theatre texts, focusing specifically on Katie Mitchell’s 2006 production of Martin Crimp’s version of the play. It suggests that literary criticism remains an important tool for theorising theatre texts and performance. By focusing on the frictions between analysis of the text as language and approaches that equally emphasise the visual, the embodied and the performative, we can develop interesting theoretical perspectives on the relationship between words as material to be read, and the broader functions of the words of theatre texts in performance. In this case in particular, the article works through some of the challenges and choices a director like Katie Mitchell faces when converting a passion for literature, via a play that reflects theoretically on the relationship between writing, acting and directing, into performance.
ACCESSION #
116270084

 

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