© 2012

Performing Site-Specific Theatre

Politics, Place, Practice

  • Anna Birch
  • Joanne Tompkins

Part of the Performance Interventions book series (PIPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The ‘Place’ and Practice of Site-Specific Theatre and Performance

  3. Site-Specificity and Economics

  4. Site-Specificity and the Narratives of History

  5. Site-Specificity and the Slippage of Place

  6. Site-Specificity and Theatrical Intimacy

  7. Site-Specificity and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 216-216

About this book


This book investigates the expanding parameters for site-specific performance to account for the form's increasing popularity in the twenty-first century. Leading practitioners and theorists interrogate issues of performance and site to broaden our understanding of the role that place plays in performance and the ways that performance influences it


Anthony Collins bibliography environment film history history of literature knowledge living performance play politics space specificity theatre understanding

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna Birch
    • 1
  • Joanne Tompkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Conservatoire of ScotlandUK
  2. 2.School of English, Media Studies and Art HistoryUniversity of QueenslandAustralia

About the editors

BRUCE BARTON Creator/scholar teaching at the University of Toronto, Canada SUSAN BENNETT University Professor in the Department of English, University of Calgary, Canada JANE COLLINS Professor of Theatre and Performance, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, UK LESLEY FERRIS Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Ohio State University, USA SUSAN HAEDICKE Associate Professor, School of Theatre, Performance, and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick, UK HELEN IBALL Lecturer in Theatre Studies, University of Leeds, UK KATHLEEN IRWIN Head of the Theatre Department, University of Regina, Canada MICHAEL MCKINNIE Senior Lecturer in Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, UK SOPHIE NIELD Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK LOUISE OWEN Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK MIKE PEARSON Professor of Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University, UK JULIE SANDERS Professor of English Literature and Drama, University of Nottingham, UK RICHARD WINDEYER Digital media creative, audio artist, composer, musician and educator, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada KEREN ZAIONTZ Lecturer of Drama, Theatre, and Performance, Roehampton University, UK

Bibliographic information


'This excellent anthology provides a wide-ranging collection of essays on critical issues of place-based theatre. It includes articles that treat historical and contemporary themes from the perspectives of both theorists and practitioners in a variety of institutional contexts. As the best anthologies do, it both bolsters and challenges the discipline.' - Professor Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

'This is a welcome addition to the developing literature on site-specific theatre and performance, whose chief virtue lies in providing a range of original essays testifying to the diversity and disparateness of contemporary site-based work.' - Steve Bottoms, New Theatre Quarterly

'Performing Site-Specific Theatre is an insightful collection of essays that presents an interesting examination of site-specific theory and practice. It is a welcome addition to a field still largely located in performance studies and art, here exploring its

intersection with theatre... [The book] will be a useful book for researchers and teachers of site-specific performance, including its theories and practices.' - Kris Darby, Contemporary Theatre Review