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Popular Performance

The group is committed to the investigation of all modes of popular performance. It is however primarily concerned with forms that are rooted in the present moment, that are performed in the first person and that directly connect with an audience. As such stand-up comedy, music hall, variety theatre, cabaret, clowning, magic, spoken word, performance poetry, pantomime and popular music performance are but a few examples of the type of work that will comprise the group’s interests. The aim is not to examine why these performance strands appeal to mass audiences, although theories of reception will inevitably have some bearing on the group’s work, it is rather to analyse and evaluate the complexities of production and presentation techniques in order that theory and practice associated with differing modes of popular performance can be interrogated and disseminated across the sector.

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