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London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror

London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror

  • Author: Richard J. Hand,Michael Wilson
  • Publisher: Royal College of General Practitioners
  • ISBN: 0859899276
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 304
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A companion to UEP’s Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror (now in its third reprint). A genre that has left more of a mark on British and American culture than we may imagine” (Gothic Studies). London’s Grand Guignol was established in the early 1920s at the Little Theatre in the West End. It was a high-profile venture that enjoyed popular success as much as critical controversy. On its side were some of the finest actors on the English stage, in the shape of Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson, and a team of extremely able writers, including Noël Coward. The reviewer in the journal Gothic Studies wrote, of the authors’ previous book: “having recently taught a module on Grand Guignol with third year drama students, it is also worth noting that this book captured their imaginations in a way that few other set texts seem to manage.”

Performing Grand-Guignol

Performing Grand-Guignol

Playing the Theatre of Horror

  • Author: Richard J. Hand,Michael Wilson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780859899956
  • Category:
  • Page: 288
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The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris, which opened in 1897 and closed officially in 1962, specialized in often graphic horror theater. Over the past fifteen years, authors Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson have worked to explore this extraordinary but largely forgotten theater, running theater workshops with students that at times have led to new productions in the style of the Grand-Guignol. The present volume provides rich insights into the authors' work performing Grand-Guignol theater with their students, and includes a brief history of the Grand-Guignol as well as translations of sixteen plays from such notable writers as Octave Mirbeau, Gaston Leroux, and St John Ervine in addition to Grand-Guignol stalwarts René Berton and André de Lorde. Performing Grand-Guignol is ideal as an acting guide as well as for anyone with an interest in theater studies or the history of theater.

Grand-Guignol

Grand-Guignol

The French Theatre of Horror

  • Author: Richard J. Hand,Michael Wilson
  • Publisher: Royal College of General Practitioners
  • ISBN: 0859899179
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 288
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The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897 - 1962) achieved a legendary reputation as the 'Theatre of Horror' a venue displaying such explicit violence and blood-curdling terror that a resident doctor was employed to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night. Indeed, the phrase 'grand guignol' has entered the language to describe any display of sensational horror. Since the theatre closed its doors forty years ago, the genre has been overlooked by critics and theatre historians. This book reconsiders the importance and influence of the Grand-Guignol within its social, cultural and historical contexts, and is the first attempt at a major evaluation of the genre as performance. It gives full consideration to practical applications and to the challenges presented to the actor and director. The book also includes outstanding new translations by the authors of ten Grand-Guignol plays, none of which have been previously available in English. The presentation of these plays in English for the first time is an implicit demand for a total reappraisal of the grand-guignol genre, not least for the unexpected inclusion of two very funny comedies.

Theatre and Violence

Theatre and Violence

  • Author: Lucy Nevitt
  • Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
  • ISBN: 1137302283
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 96
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If violence is a terrible thing, why do we watch it? Nevitt explores the use of violence in theatre and its effect on spectators. Critically engaging with examples of stage combat, rape, terrorism, wrestling and historical re-enactments, she argues that studying violence through theatre can be part of a desire to create a more peaceful world.

Theater of Fear & Horror: Expanded Edition

Theater of Fear & Horror: Expanded Edition

The Grisly Spectacle of the Grand Guignol of Paris, 1897-1962

  • Author: Mel Gordon
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • ISBN: 1627310436
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 220
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"Bloodcurdling shrieks, fiendish schemes, deeds of darkness, mayhem and mutilation—we all have a rough idea of what Grand Guignol stands for. But until now it has been hard to find out much more about it than that. According to the American theater historian Mel Gordon, no major history of the theater so much as mentions it, although it is a form of entertainment that held its own on the Paris stage for more than half a century. But Mr. Gordon has made a thorough job of filling the gap."—John Gross, The New York Times Here is the expanded edition of classic outré book, The Grand Guignol, first published in 1988 and now long out of print. Like the original anthology, it includes an illustrated introduction to the theater of Paris and abroad, a breakdown of its stage tricks, a summary of one hundred plots, extensive photo documentation, André de Lord's essay, "Fear in Literature," and two originally produced Grand Guignol scripts. The expanded edition also contains additional graphic and textual material including a color insert of Grand Guignol posters; the 1938 autobiographical account of Maxa, the company's leading female performer entitled "I Am the Maddest Woman in the World"; and the controversial playscript Orgy in the Lighthouse.

Translation and Adaptation in Theatre and Film

Translation and Adaptation in Theatre and Film

  • Author: Katja Krebs
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134114109
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 224
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This book provides a pioneering and provocative exploration of the rich synergies between adaptation studies and translation studies and is the first genuine attempt to discuss the rather loose usage of the concepts of translation and adaptation in terms of theatre and film. At the heart of this collection is the proposition that translation studies and adaptation studies have much to offer each other in practical and theoretical terms and can no longer exist independently from one another. As a result, it generates productive ideas within the contact zone between these two fields of study, both through new theoretical paradigms and detailed case studies. Such closely intertwined areas as translation and adaptation need to encounter each other’s methodologies and perspectives in order to develop ever more rigorous approaches to the study of adaptation and translation phenomena, challenging current assumptions and prejudices in terms of both. The book includes contributions as diverse yet interrelated as Bakhtin’s notion of translation and adaptation, Bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare’s Othello, and an analysis of performance practice, itself arguably an adaptive practice, which uses a variety of languages from English and Greek to British and International Sign-Language. As translation and adaptation practices are an integral part of global cultural and political activities and agendas, it is ever more important to study such occurrences of rewriting and reshaping. By exploring and investigating interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives and approaches, this volume investigates the impact such occurrences of rewriting have on the constructions and experiences of cultures while at the same time developing a rigorous methodological framework which will form the basis of future scholarship on performance and film, translation and adaptation.

British Theatre and Performance 1900-1950

British Theatre and Performance 1900-1950

  • Author: Rebecca D'Monte
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408166011
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 352
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British theatre from 1900 to 1950 has been subject to radical re-evaluation with plays from the period setting theatres alight and gaining critical acclaim once again; this book explains why, presenting a comprehensive survey of the theatre and how it shaped the work that followed. Rebecca D'Monte examines how the emphasis upon the working class, 'angry' drama from the 1950s has led to the neglect of much of the century's earlier drama, positioning the book as part of the current debate about the relationship between war and culture, the middlebrow, and historiography. In a comprehensive survey of the period, the book considers: - the Edwardian theatre; - the theatre of the First World War, including propaganda and musicals; -the interwar years, the rise of commercial theatre and influence of Modernism; - the theatre of the Second World War and post-war period. Essays from leading scholars Penny Farfan, Steve Nicholson and Claire Cochrane give further critical perspectives on the period's theatre and demonstrate its relevance to the drama of today. For anyone studying 20th-century British Drama this will prove one of the foundational texts.

Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance

Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance

  • Author: Karoline Gritzner
  • Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press
  • ISBN: 1907396284
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 256
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Exploring a range of topics, including Greek tragedy, Shakespearean theater, contemporary British plays, opera, and the theatricality of Parisian culture, this compilation provides new perspectives on the relationship between Eros and Death in a series of dramatic texts, theatrical practices, and cultural performances. Detailed and analytical, these informative essays demonstrate how changing attitudes towards sexuality and death--opposed but entangled passions--were reflected in theater throughout the course of history. Psychoanalytical and philosophical models are also referenced in this work that features essays from dramatists Dic Edwards, David Ian Rabey, and David Rudkin.

Controversial Images

Controversial Images

Media Representations on the Edge

  • Author: Feona Attwood,Vincent Campbell,Ian Hunter,Sharon Lockyer
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0230284051
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 292
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The media are inextricable from controversy yet "controversy" is an under-theorized term in studies of the media, even though controversies over specific images, from "video nasties" to snapshots from Abu Ghraib, have structured our understanding of the media's power, seductiveness and dangers. This collection offers a series of case studies of recent media controversies and draws on new perspectives in cultural studies to consider a wide variety of types of image, including newspaper cartoons, advertising and fashion photography, music videos, photojournalism, news media, art works, hardcore porn film, anime, horror and exploitation movies, video games, and YouTube reaction videos. In the current climate when images appear to be increasingly controversial, it is important that media controversies are not made the excuse for greater censorship and the demonization of "dangerous" images and the audiences that consume them. The case studies in this book suggest how we might achieve a more subtle understanding of controversial images and negotiate the difficult terrain of the new media landscape.

Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold

Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold

Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1953–1968

  • Author: Kevin Heffernan
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822385554
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 332
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The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Tingler, the Mole People—they stalked and oozed into audiences’ minds during the era that followed Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and preceded terrors like Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Chucky (Child’s Play). Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold pulls off the masks and wipes away the slime to reveal how the monsters that frightened audiences in the 1950s and 1960s—and the movies they crawled and staggered through—reflected fundamental changes in the film industry. Providing the first economic history of the horror film, Kevin Heffernan shows how the production, distribution, and exhibition of horror movies changed as the studio era gave way to the conglomeration of New Hollywood. Heffernan argues that major cultural and economic shifts in the production and reception of horror films began at the time of the 3-d film cycle of 1953–54 and ended with the 1968 adoption of the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system and the subsequent development of the adult horror movie—epitomized by Rosemary’s Baby. He describes how this period presented a number of daunting challenges for movie exhibitors: the high costs of technological upgrade, competition with television, declining movie attendance, and a diminishing number of annual releases from the major movie studios. He explains that the production and distribution branches of the movie industry responded to these trends by cultivating a youth audience, co-producing features with the film industries of Europe and Asia, selling films to television, and intensifying representations of sex and violence. Shining through Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold is the delight of the true horror movie buff, the fan thrilled to find The Brain that Wouldn’t Die on television at 3 am.

On The Shore Of The Wide World

On The Shore Of The Wide World

  • Author: Simon Stephens
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1408142228
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 144
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Something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is an epic play about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy.

Thirty Hours with a Corpse

Thirty Hours with a Corpse

and Other Tales of the Grand Guignol

  • Author: Maurice Level
  • Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
  • ISBN: 0486810992
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 224
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Characterized by gratuitous acts of brutality and surprise endings, these tales of obsession and violence are the creations of a twentieth-century French writer whose works were staged by the legendary Théâtre du Grand-Guignol of Paris. The precursors of modern thrillers and slasher films, these stories have been specially selected for this edition and introduced by horror specialist S. T. Joshi. Thirty-nine conte cruel ("cruel tales") include "In the Light of the Red Lamp," in which a husband's photographs of his dead wife reveal a deeper tragedy; "Fascination," the tale of a morbid passion that develops when the narrator, determined to stay at home, shoots his mistress for the sake of peace and quiet; and "The Bastard," concerning a father's suspicions about his son's paternity. Other stories include "The Taint," a view of infanticide as mercy-killing; "The Test," in which an accused murderer is forced to reenact his crime; and "A Maniac," recounting a thrill-seeker's ghoulish impulse to witness death-defying stunts gone wrong.

Against Theatre

Against Theatre

Creative Destructions on the Modernist Stage

  • Author: A. Ackerman,M. Puchner
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230289088
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 259
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Against Theatre shows that the most prominent writers of modern drama shared a radical rejection of the theatre as they knew it. Together with designers, composers and film makers, they plotted to destroy all existing theatres. But from their destruction emerged the most astonishing innovations of modernist theatre.

Jack the Ripper and the London Press

Jack the Ripper and the London Press

  • Author: L. Curtis
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300133691
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 368
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Press coverage of the 1888 mutilation murders attributed to Jack the Ripper was of necessity filled with gaps and silences, for the killer remained unknown and Victorian journalists had little experience reporting serial murders and sex crimes. This engrossing book examines how fourteen London newspapers—dailies and weeklies, highbrow and lowbrow—presented the Ripper news, in the process revealing much about the social, political, and sexual anxieties of late Victorian Britain and the role of journalists in reinforcing social norms. L. Perry Curtis surveys the mass newspaper culture of the era, delving into the nature of sensationalism and the conventions of domestic murder news. Analyzing the fourteen newspapers—two of which emanated from the East End, where the murders took place—he shows how journalists played on the fears of readers about law and order by dwelling on lethal violence rather than sex, offering gruesome details about knife injuries but often withholding some of the more intimate details of the pelvic mutilations. He also considers how the Ripper news affected public perceptions of social conditions in Whitechapel.

Queer Dramaturgies

Queer Dramaturgies

International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer

  • Author: Alyson Campbell,Stephen Farrier
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137411848
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 363
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This international collection of essays forms a vibrant picture of the scope and diversity of contemporary queer performance. Ranging across cabaret, performance art, the performativity of film, drag and script-based theatre it unravels the dynamic relationship performance has with queerness as it is presented in local and transnational contexts.

Die, You Bastard! Die!

Die, You Bastard! Die!

  • Author: Jan Kozlowski
  • Publisher: Deadite Press
  • ISBN: 9781621051800
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 128
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IT'S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF BIG DADDY Claire's an expert paramedic, devoted to saving lives. Maybe that's because she spent her childhood in hell. But decades later, when her monstrously abusive father winds up hospitalized, she is offered a chance to make things right. Too bad it doesn't work out that way. Instead, Claire is plunged back into a nightmare of pedophiliac torture and unhinged psychosis so deeply fucked that her only hope of survival may lie in becoming a monster herself. One way or another, this family tradition ends tonight. And blood ain't but the half of it. ""DIE, YOU BASTARD DIE is a twisted free-fall into hell that doesn't know the first thing about pulling a punch. If you're looking to be completely disgusted while utterly riveted, this is your best bet outside of Jack Ketchum. Non-stop, agonizing suspense." - Spinetingler Magazine"

From Mimesis to Interculturalism

From Mimesis to Interculturalism

Readings of Theatrical Theory Before and After 'Modernism'

  • Author: Graham Ley
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781905816170
  • Category:
  • Page: 360
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From Mimesis to Interculturalism offers a series of critical readings of key texts in the history of European and American theatrical and performance theory. It answers the need for a detailed critique of theatrical theory from its origins in Greek antiquity to the present day, asking the reader to re-examine the basis of what have become assumptions, but are all too often perceived as truths. The book complements existing studies of the major modern theorists by giving close attention to the European tradition before Stanislavski, and to the theorists who have gained prominence after Grotowski. The use of language and the creation of meaning is the primary concern of all the readings. Part One considers classical and classicizing theorists from Greece and the European enlightenment, and Part Two twentieth-century theorists after Grotowski; a concluding Part Three indicates how the approach might be applied to exemplary theorists from the modern canon, and to certain contemporary theoretical proposals.

Genre and Performance: Film and Television

Genre and Performance: Film and Television

  • Author: Christine Cornea
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0719079802
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 215
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Offering a look at contemporary film and television, this book explores how popular genres frame our understanding of on-screen performance. It provides an interdisciplinary account of performance in film and television and examines a much neglected area in our understanding of how popular genres and performance intersect on screen.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Author: Stephen Trask,John Cameron Mitchell
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
  • ISBN: 9780822219019
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 42
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THE STORY: This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of internationally ignored song stylist Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll godde

Theatres of the Troubles

Theatres of the Troubles

theatre, resistance and liberation in Ireland

  • Author: Bill McDonnell
  • Publisher: Univ of Exeter Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 254
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The emergence of Ireland’s grassroots popular theatre is inexorably linked to the struggles of the working-class Republicans and Loyalists of Derry and Belfast—with performances unfolding in and around the latest phase of the four-hundred-year conflict between Britain and Ireland. Theatres of the Troubles conveys how the moment-to-moment unfolding of the conflict determined the organization, texts, performance contexts and receptions, and larger operations of these theatres in the Republican and Loyalist communities. Drawing upon previously unpublished primary sources—including texts, interviews, workshops, and letters—this volume examines how these theatres related to each other, to the European tradition of radical theatre, and to the models of liberation which were developing in the postcolonial context of the Republic. Theatres of Troubles represents a key addition to our understanding of the critical relationship between historical conditions and the development of radical theatre forms, while at the same time telling the story of a people who tried to engage theatre in a volatile, complex, and rapidly recontextualizing political situation.