Discovering Interactional Authenticity: Tracking Theatre Practitioners Across Rehearsals

  • Spencer Hazel


This study follows a group of actors over the course of a rehearsal period, as the theatre ensemble goes about the business of transforming a play-script into a performance. The analysis focuses on one short section of dialogue in the play, and follows the work that the actors do from their earliest attempts at staging this section through to the dress rehearsals. The chapter demonstrates how the actors modify the ways in which they format their actions, as they look to settle on a choreographed routine for representing the particular social actions described in the play-script.



This research was conducted within the research project Social Objects for Innovation and Learning, funded by the Velux Foundation and the University of Southern Denmark (2014–2017). The author is especially grateful to the members of That Theatre Company in Copenhagen.


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  • Spencer Hazel
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  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle-upon-TyneUK

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