Women, Theatre and Performance

About the series

This series, Women, Theatre and Performance, has its origins in the work of a number of feminist theatre academics from the 1980s and 1990s – a period when interest burgeoned in the part that women have played in theatre over the centuries. That interest was in its turn the daughter of the ‘Second Wave’ women’s movement, the women’s theatre movement and the women’s history movement from the previous two decades. It was with some delight that women theatre workers, spectators and scholars alike discovered that women did have a significant history in performance, and these women – and some men – have continued to investigate, interrogate and work with their histories. Feminist performance analysis and women’s theatre history has now become an established part of performance practice and theatre studies at both a university and a more popular level.

In the 1990s, the journal Women and Theatre Occasional Papers became the host for the documentation and dissemination of contemporary research and innovation in theatre practice and scholarship in Britain. The emphasis on history and historiography was a considered decision. It was felt that at that time no consistent outlet existed for all the work that carried on the feminist retrieval project of the 1980s which was emerging from theatre and drama departments in Britain and elsewhere. This emphasis on history did not – and does not– preclude engagement with contemporary practice. On the contrary, it was felt that our history was very much part of our present and that the two could, and should, be studied side by side.

This series seeks to continue that original project and to make the research and debate available on a more than ‘occasional’ basis. The series consists of themed volumes that consider theatre as part of a wider nexus of social and cultural practices. Women’s contribution to all areas and types of theatre and performance will be included, from opera and acrobatics to management and dramaturgy.

Series editors: Maggie B. Gale and Viv Gardner

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