Real people as actors: Actors as real people

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Upton, C. 2011. Real people as actors: Actors as real people. Studies in Theatre and Performance. 31 (2), pp. 209-222. https://doi.org/10.1386/stap.31.2.209_1
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TitleReal people as actors: Actors as real people
AuthorsUpton, C.
Abstract

In seeking to establish authenticity, certain documentary theatre forms cast real people, as opposed to actors, to perform or present their own stories. This essay explores the tension between veracity and verisimilitude in terms of the framing of the performer's identity, with reference to some examples of documentary theatre in post-1998 Northern Ireland. Further it considers what happens onstage when actors appear who themselves have social agency as real people in the public sphere (outside the theatre). In so doing I seek to foreground the possibilities for the actor's public profile to contribute to affect and ultimately meaning construed in the transaction with a knowing audience in performance.

Research GroupTheatre Arts group
PublisherIntellect
JournalStudies in Theatre and Performance
ISSN1468-2761
Electronic2040-0616
Publication dates
PrintMay 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Jul 2013
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/stap.31.2.209_1
LanguageEnglish
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