'Caught in the Act: or, Practising Theatre History'
- Professor Gilli Bush-Bailey (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Room 108, Orchard Learning Resource Centre
This paper will consider some practical approaches to the telling of theatre history. Tracing a particularly personal engagement with practice, the paper will also raise questions about the place and purposes of practice in the narrative of the theatre historian, and the role of theatre history in the consolidation of the dramatic repertoire and its history of performance.
Gilli Bush-Bailey is Professor of Women’s Theatre History at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she has been a member of the Department of Drama and Theatre since 2001 following her first career as a professional actress. She has published on the work of actresses, managers and playwrights in Restoration theatre, Georgian Theatre, late nineteenth-century and early twentieth century performance. Her recent monograph, 'Performing Herself: AutoBiography and Fanny Kelly’s Dramatic Recollections' (MUP, 2011) looks at the actress /manager’s one-woman show in the context of both nineteenth-century theatre practice and autobiographical performance which Gilli has explored in her performance paper ‘Autobiography & Historiography’. This and other practice-based approaches to theatre history are also discussed in ‘Re Enactment’, a contributing chapter to 'The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History' (CUP, 2012).
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