Beyond Immersive Theatre

Aesthetics, Politics and Productive Participation

  • Adam Alston

About this book


Immersive theatre currently enjoys ubiquity, popularity and recognition in theatre journalism and scholarship. However, the politics of immersive theatre aesthetics still lacks a substantial critique. Does immersive theatre model a particular kind of politics, or a particular kind of audience? What’s involved in the production and consumption of immersive theatre aesthetics? Is a productive audience always an empowered audience? And do the terms of an audience’s empowerment stand up to political scrutiny?  

Beyond Immersive Theatre contextualises these questions by tracing the evolution of neoliberal politics and the experience economy over the past four decades. Through detailed critical analyses of work by Ray Lee, Lundahl & Seitl, Punchdrunk, shunt, Theatre Delicatessen and Half Cut, Adam Alston argues that there is a tacit politics to immersive theatre aesthetics – a tacit politics that is illuminated by neoliberalism, and that is ripe to be challenged by the evolution and diversification of immersive theatre.


audience participation experimentation immersion narcissistic participation performance Punchdrunk productivism Theatre Delicatessen shunt neoliberalism Half Cut

Authors and affiliations

  • Adam Alston
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

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