Queer exceptions

Solo performance in neoliberal times

By Stephen Greer

Queer exceptions
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  • ISBN: 9781526113696
  • Publish Date: Nov 2018
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526113702
  • Publish Date: Mar 2021
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    Queer exceptions is a study of contemporary solo performance in the UK and Western Europe that explores the contentious relationship between identity, individuality and neoliberalism. With diverse case studies featuring the work of La Ribot, David Hoyle, Oreet Ashery, Bridget Christie, Tanja Ostojic, Adrian Howells and Nassim Soleimanpour, the book examines the role of singular or 'exceptional' subjects in constructing and challenging assumed notions of communal sociability and togetherness, while drawing fresh insight from the fields of sociology, gender studies and political philosophy to reconsider theatre's attachment to singular lives and experiences. Framed by a detailed exploration of arts festivals as encapsulating the material, entrepreneurial circumstances of contemporary performance-making, this is the first major critical study of solo work since the millennium.


    'Rising to the promise that the title holds out, this excellent book will be of value to all scholars with an interest in contemporary performance practices. It gives deep and well-informed insight into not only the creation and presentation of solo performance work but the economic realities within which it is embedded [.]Greer's palette is broad and wide-ranging, though this not in any way at the expense of detail - far from it. This brilliant addition to scholarly considerations of contemporary theatre practices is deeply rooted in an insider's understanding of the logistics, economics, and sheer hard work that underpins solo performance.'
    Alison Jeffers, New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 2 (May 2019)


    Contents List

    1 Introduction: locating solo performance

    2 Martyr

    3 Pariah

    4 Invalid

    5 Alien

    6 Killjoy

    7 Optimist

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