Performing Women: Stand-Ups, Strumpets and Itinerants

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Alison Oddey's interviews with prominent performing women span generations, cultures, perspectives, practice and the best part of the twentieth-century, telling various stories collectively. Stand-ups, 'classic' actresses, film and television personalities, experimental and 'alternative' practitioners discuss why they want to perform, what motivates them, and how their personal history has contributed to their desire to perform. Oddey's critical introductory and concluding chapters analyze both historical and cultural contexts and explore themes arising from the interviews. These include sense of identity, acting as playing (recapturing and revisiting childhood), displacement of roots, performing, motherhood and 'being', performing comedy, differences between theatre, film and television performance, attitudes towards and relationships with audiences, and working with directors. The prominent subtext of motherhood reveals a consciousness of split subjectives with and beyond performance. This new edition of the book includes three new interviews with actresses, and is useful primary resource material for undergraduate students on performance studies courses.

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ALISON ODDEY is Professor of Theatre and Contemporary Performance at Loughborough University, UK. As a broadcaster, she wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 series 'Stand-ups and Strumpets'. Book publications include Shifting Directions, a new kind of theatre-making in the Twenty-first century, The Potentials of Spaces, Performing Women and Devising Theatre. She guest edited a special issue of 'Practice as Research' for Contemporary Theatre Review and is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Peer Review College for Performance and Live Art.

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'Every drama programme in the UK will have this book on their bibliography - on a module or option somewhere.' - Professor Linda Fitzsimmons, University of Plymouth

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'The book...is not a groupie read. It is an exhaustive and, to those truly interested in the subject matter, potentially rewarding pile of research findings...this is indeed an impressive array of performing women to encounter.' - Elizabeth O'Connor, Theatre News

'Not that long ago, acting was considered equivalent to prostitution. Proper ladies never considered a career on the stage. Those that did became fallen women in the eyes of their peers. Alison Oddey takes the old prejudice as a jumping-off point for her fascinating, probing, intelligent interviews with contemporary female actors, performance artists, and stand-up comics. The fact that most of them aren't much known outside the UK should hardly matter to American readers, for Oddey coaxes unusual insights out of even the most obscure performers...Especially entertaining is the conversation with gifted comic actress Jane Horrocks (Life is Sweet, Absolutely Fabulous, Little Voice)...for that alone, the book is worth reading.' - Jack Helbig, Booklist

'...an enjoyable book...Recommended for theatre collections.' - Susan L. Peters, Library Journal

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