War and Theatrical Innovation

  • Victor Emeljanow

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

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About this book


This book examines the relationship between wartime conflict and theatre practices. Bringing together a diverse collection of essays in one volume, it offers both a geographically and historically wide view of the subject, taking examples from Britain, Australia and America to the Middle East, Korea and China, and spanning the fifth century BCE to the present day. It explores the ways in which theatre practices have been manipulated for use in political and military propaganda, such as the employment of scenographers to work on camouflage and the application of acting methods in espionage training. It also maps the change in relationships betweenperformers and audiences as a result of conflict, and the emergence of new forms of patronage during wartime theatre-going, boosting morale at periods when social structures and identity were being destabilized.


Political propaganda Military propaganda Wartime theatre Scenography as camouflage Espionage training Greek tragic chorus Pyrrhic dance Michael Chekhov Spanish Civil War Glove puppetry Korean War

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Emeljanow
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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