Modern Theories of Performance

From Stanislavski to Boal

  • Jane Milling
  • Graham Ley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jane Milling, Graham Ley
    Pages 1-25
  3. Jane Milling, Graham Ley
    Pages 27-53
  4. Jane Milling, Graham Ley
    Pages 55-86
  5. Jane Milling, Graham Ley
    Pages 87-115
  6. Jane Milling, Graham Ley
    Pages 117-141
  7. Jane Milling, Graham Ley
    Pages 143-172
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 179-198

About this book


The modern era in the theatre is remarkable for the extraordinary role and influence of theoretical practitioners, whose writings have shaped our sense of the possibilities and objectives of performance. This study offers a critical exploration of the theoretical writings of key modern practitioners from Stanlislavski to Boal. Designed to be read alongside primary source material, each chapter offers not only a summary and exposition of these theories, but a critical commentary on their composition as discourses. Close scrutiny of the cultural context and figurative language of these important, and sometimes difficult, texts yields fresh insight into the ideas of these practitioners.


exceptionaltheatre composition design discourse figurative language history history of literature history of theatre language Modern Era performance reform sound theatre writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Milling
    • 1
  • Graham Ley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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