'Ingress': a new terminology for the practice of writing audience involvement into playtexts


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Lloyd, Jonathan David Warren (2020). 'Ingress': a new terminology for the practice of writing audience involvement into playtexts. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This practice as research thesis examines the possibilities and achievements of intimately involving an audience within both the performance of the work and the fictional narrative. This is achieved by tracing the genealogy of participatory practices in both playwriting and the wider field of performance to the practices of the historical avant-garde and the performance experiments of the 1950s and 1960s. From this exploration, the necessity for new terminology in the form of ‘ingress’ is articulated to provide an appropriate, distinct terminology for an increasingly prevalent practice of writing audience involvement into playtexts. In addition, ingress is a fitting alternative for the term ‘immersive’ which is often misused to represent the participatory achievements of such work.

Within the thesis, three playtexts are included in chronological order that indicate the progression of my practice. Each piece employs different strategies and techniques, including the concept of procedural authorship explored in the research, to create an environment in which audience-participants can ingress the physical performance and the fictional narrative. This thesis identifies the necessity for the term ‘ingress’ to differentiate between audience participation within a playtext and an audience’s experience within immersive theatre. Also, it demonstrates that by employing a process of procedural authorship, the audience’s ingression into the performance and the fictional narrative can be effectively managed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/10468


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