Science in performance

Theatre and the politics of engagement

By Simon Parry

Science in performance

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9920-5
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: August 2020
  • BIC Category: SCIENCE / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, The arts / Theatre studies
  • Series: Theatre: Theory - Practice - Performance


This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change.

The book covers a wide range of performance forms from Broadway musicals to educational theatre, from Somali drama to grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science.

Science in performance is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners working between science and the arts within fields such as theatre and performance studies, science communication, interdisciplinary arts and health humanities.


Preface: about this book
1 Science in performance: convergence, emergence, divergence
2 Laughing at science in the theatre: Gob Squad, a funny robot and dancing scientists
3 Speculative theatricality: dystopian performatives and vertigo aesthetics in popular theatre
4 Theatre, education and the politics of life itself: Theatre of Debate
5 Commoning sense: translating globalised knowledge in performance
6 Performing cosmopolitics


Simon Parry is a Lecturer in Drama and Arts Management at the University of Manchester

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