Book announcement


We are delighted to share that our book, Redefining Theatre Communities – co-edited by Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca – is now out in hardback and eBook from Intellect Publishing. 

Redefining Theatre Communities explores the interplay between contemporary theatre and communities. It considers the aesthetic, social, and cultural aspects of community-conscious theatre-making. While doing so, the volume reflects on recent transformations in structural, textual, and theatrical conventions and traditions, and explores the changing modes of production and spectatorship in relation to theatre communities. The essays edited by Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca present an array of emerging perspectives on the politics, ethics, and practices of community representation on the contemporary international theatre landscape. An international, interdisciplinary collection featuring work by theatre scholars, theatre-makers, and artistic directors from across Europe and beyond, Redefining Theatre Communities will appeal to those interested in the diverse forms of socially engaged theatre and performance.



Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca

PART I: Theatre Communities: Traces, Places and Belonging

Communal Solidarity and Amateur Theatre in Post-Revolutionary Russia: Theoretical Approaches

Stefan Aquilina

Theatre in Malta: Which Spaces Does the Community Occupy?

Vicki Ann Cremona and Ruben Paul Borg

Performance, Dislocation and Spirituality: Adrift Together

Zoe Zontou

PART II: Performing Communal Identities: Ethics, Politics and Affect 

The Politics of Spectatorship: Community, Ethics and Affect in Contemporary British Rewritings of Ancient Tragedies

Maria Elena Capitani

Living and Working in Tepantor: Understanding Political Theatre and the Community

Pujya Ghosh

Bodies Without Organs and Organs Without Bodies: The Maltese Experience of Creating National Theatres

Marco Galea

PART III: ‘Glocal’ Representations of Theatre Communities    

Local and Global Stages: Translating Communities in Hybrid Cultural Spaces

Szabolcs Musca

The Economic Communities of the Edinburgh August Festivals: An Exclusive ‘Global Sense of Place’ and an Inclusive ‘Local Sense of Space’

Evi Stamatiou

Strategies of Empowerment: Postmigrant Theatre at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse

Hasibe Kalkan

PART IV: Creative Encounters: Changing Ecologies    

Community and Ownership: Uncovering New Voices at the Royal Court Theatre

Mark O’Thomas in conversation with Vicky Featherstone 

UrbanDig Project: Theatre for Neighbourhoods

Zoe Zontou in conversation with George Sachinis

Community Theatre as Political Theatre: Towards a New Political Theatre Practice

Marius Bogdan Tudor and Ionuț Sociu in conversation with David Schwartz

PART V: Emerging Practices: Connecting Through the Digital and the Verbatim 

New Technologies for a New Audience?  Using Transmedia Storytelling towards a New Experience Design Form

Ágnes Bakk

Manipulation of Reality Through an Interactive Game: Remote X as an Example of New Modes of Spectatorship

Nad’a Satkova  

Feeding Back: Verbatim Theatre and/as Communal Practice

Bettina Auerswald


Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca

Notes on Contributors


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