Short description
The book offers concise and comprehensive insight to very wide and diverse domain called since 1990-ties “applied theatre”.
The book covers a broad spectrum of performing practices developed since 1970-ties, rooted and grounded in considerably elder theatrical traditions and experiences. That practices are usually called community theatre, theatre in education, theatre for development, forum theatre, social theatre etc.
The main topics are inclusive theatre, applied theatre as a form of performative engagement and representation of persons with disability or chronic conditions, different forms of theatre as a therapy (fields of psychodrama and drama therapy, theatre in hospitals), as well as performative representations of socially different (poverty, uneducated, immigrants, foreigners…). The book also presents theatre for social development, performing activism and participative theatre, as well as theatre in education and community theatre (forum theatre, process theatre, theatre in the prevention of violence etc).
Separate chapters present theatre in prison and correctional institutions, performing practices connected with resocialization, transfer of social skills and theatre for development (developing regions, ecology, sustainable development), and cultural representations of the minorities through theatre, such as reminiscence theatre, racial, religious and ethnic minorities, gender minorities, queer culture and treatment of the otherness in theatre in general.
Through the separate presentation of different types of the applied theatre, the book offers integral comments of general problems of the theatre of otherness, different excluded communities, challenges of inclusive theatre and theatre inclusion, social constructions of the norms, performative rethinking of socially constructed identities and cultural representation of the otherness versus majorities mainstream theatre.

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