Popular Performances‌

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The area of popular performances covers many performance forms and disciplines from musical theatre to wrestling to street art. Central to the work of this research area in the school of performing arts is an understanding that performance encompasses a diverse range of practices that often fall outside the coverage given to more conventional practices. We recognise ‘popular performance’ as something related not only to mass or popular culture, where it is situated within economic dynamics, but also as something that gives voice to communities and practices who might otherwise be marginalized, where it offers interesting and individual ways for people to express themselves, for example through graffiti or street art, protest or demonstration.

Studies in Musical Theatre

The international journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect) was established in 2006 and is co-edited by Dominic Symonds (University of Lincoln) and George Burrows (University of Portsmouth). The journal’s associated conference, ‘Song, Stage and Screen, convenes internationally and has met in Portsmouth (2007), Leeds (2008), Maryland (2009), Winchester (2010), Kansas City (2011), The Netherlands (2012) and London (2013). The next conference will take place at Sheridan College, Canada, 24-26 June 2014.

Selected Publications

Hunt, Justin (2013), 'Scent, siblings and filiality: queering 'Twilight'', in Screening Twilight: critical approaches to a cinematic phenomenon. London: IB Tauris.

Jones, Kelly (2012) ‘Authorized absence: theatrical representations of authorship in three contemporary ghost plays’, in Studies in Theatre and Performance, 32 (2). pp. 165-177.

Jones, Kelly (2011) ‘Professing the paranormal: The corpus of the academy in Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s 'Ghost Stories'’, in Horror Studies, 2 (1). pp. 145-157.

Poore, Ben and Jones, Kelly (2009) ‘Introduction to 'Swing your razor wide ...': Sweeney Todd and other (Neo-)Victorian criminalities’, in Neo-Victorian Studies, 2 (1). pp. 1-16.

Symonds, Dominic and Taylor, Millie (2013) Gestures of music theatre: the performativity of song and dance. (Oxford University Press, New York).

Symonds, Dominic and Karantonis, Pamela (2013) The legacy of opera: reading music theatre as experience and performance . (Rodopi Press, Amsterdam).

Symonds, Dominic (2011) ‘Orchestration and arrangement: creating the Broadway sound’, in Oxford handbook of the American musical (Oxford University Press, New York).

Symonds, Dominic (2009) ‘Putting it together and finishing the hat? Deconstructing the art of making art’, in Contemporary Theatre Review, 19 (1). pp. 101-112.

Symonds, Dominic and Dan Rebellato (2009) (eds), Contemporary Theatre Review 19(1) (Special issue: 'The Broadway Musical: New Approaches') (Guest editors).

Symonds, Dominic (2008) ‘The story of Oh: the aesthetics and rhetoric of a common vowel sound’, in Studies in Musical Theatre, 2 (3). pp. 245-259.

Tsilimpounidi, Myrto and Walsh, Aylwyn (2011) ‘Painting human rights: mapping street art in Athens’, in Journal of Arts and Communities, 2 (2). pp. 111-122.

Warden, Claire (2012) ‘Dirty old town: the ambivalent city in the theatre of Ewan MacColl’, in The Literary North. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Warden, Claire (2011) ‘Ewan MacColl, “the brilliant young Scots dramatist”: regional myth-making and Theatre Workshop’, in International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen, 4 (1).

Warden, Claire (2011) ‘Politics, war and adaptation: Ewan MacColl’s 'Operation Olive Branch'’, in Comparative Drama, 44/45 (4/1). pp. 536-538.

Warden, Claire (2010) ‘Reappropriating the pace-egging tradition: Ewan MacColl's St George and the Dragon’, in Modern Drama, 53 (2). pp. 232-243.