Benjamin Monk

University of Kent

Project Title: Experiencing theatre streamed and screened: The effect and affect of the theatre's screened distribution

Theatre is now increasingly accessed via the screen; theatrical performances are remediated by the cinema and internet and distributed into both public and private spaces. Within this interconnected, global sphere of contemporary arts practice, live performance events are supplemented with their documented forms, publicly broadcast and made available world-wide. Rather than replacing or diminishing the significance of the live event, the distribution of recorded performance has improved both the reach and commercial gains of performance, as evidenced, for example, by the continued popularity of both live and televised stand-up comedy. This research will specifically consider the impact of theatre's screened distribution on audience experience and access, whilst also addressing wider, interdisciplinary discourse around recording and documenting live events.

Supervised by Dr Rosemary Klich.

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