A new monograph on Greek tragedy has been published by Subject Leader in Drama and Theatre Studies Dr Stephe Harrop.
Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor is published by Palgrave Macmillan, and offers a provocative and groundbreaking re-appraisal of the demands of acting ancient tragedy, informed by cutting-edge scholarship in the fields of actor training, theatre history, and classical reception.
Dr Harrop co-wrote the book with Zachary Dunbar, Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performing Arts Graduate Research Convenor at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia.
The book’s interdisciplinary reach means that it is uniquely positioned to identify, interrogate, and de-mystify the clichés which cluster around Greek tragedy.
This will give acting students, teachers, and theatre-makers the chance to access a vital range of current debates, and modelling ways in which an enhanced understanding of this material can serve as the stimulus for new experiments in the studio or rehearsal room.
Combining theatre history and contemporary theory with practical prompts for studio and rehearsal-room exercises, the book provides a focus for priorities and needs, and asks how past practices can inspire innovative new approaches.