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Barrie Kosky on the Contemporary Australian Stage
Affect, Post-Tragedy, Emergency

ISBN 9780367407841
Published September 17, 2021 by Routledge
152 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first book-length study of Australian theatre productions by internationally-renowned director, Barrie Kosky.

Now a prolific opera director in Europe, Barrie Kosky on the Contemporary Australian Stage accounts for the formative years of Kosky's career in Australia. This book provides in-depth engagements with select productions including The Dybbuk which Kosky directed with Gilgul theatre company in 1991, as well as King Lear (1998), The Lost Echo (2006), and Women of Troy (2008). 

Using affect theory as a prism through which these works are analysed, the book accounts for the director's particular engagement with – and radical departure from – classical tragedy in contemporary performance: what the book defines as Kosky's 'post-tragedies'. Theatre studies scholars and students, particularly those with interests in affect, contemporary performance, 'director's theatre', and tragedy, will benefit from Barrie Kosky on the Contemporary Australian Stage’s vivid engagement with Kosky's work: a director who has become a singular figure in opera and theatre of international critical acclaim. 

Table of Contents

List of FiguresAcknowledgements;  "Where the Imagination Can Run Riot": Introducing Barrie Kosky, Affect, and Post-Tragedy;  1. Contextualizing Barrie Kosky in Contemporary Australian Theatre;  2. "Exciting and Raw, Sweaty and Nightmarish": Affect and The Real in The Dybbuk;  3. Barrie Kosky’s King Lear: A Post-Tragedy;  4. The Lost Echo: Rethinking (Post-)Tragic Catharsis as Emergency;  5. Women of Troy: Post-Tragic Spectatorship, Allegory, and Violence;  Conclusion: Barrie Kosky's Theatre of Post-Tragic Affects;  Index

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Charlotte Farrell is a theatre and performance studies scholar. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Farrell has taught at both UNSW and in the Dramatic Literature program at New York University.