Punk as popular theatre

Double, Oliver (2007) Punk as popular theatre. New Theatre Quarterly, 23 (1). pp. 35-48. ISSN 0266-464X. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Punk rock performance consciously draws on popular theatre forms like music hall and stand-up comedy, as exemplified by the occasion when Max Wall appeared with Ian Dury at the Hammersmith Odeon. Oliver Double traces the historical and stylistic connections between punk, music hall and stand-up, and argues that punk shows can be considered a form of popular theatre in their own right. He examines a wide range of punk bands and performers- including Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Devo, Spizz, The Ramones, The Clash, and Dead Kennedys- and considers how they use costume, staging, persona, characterisation, and audience-performer relationships, arguing that these are as important and carefully considered as the music they play. Art movements like Dada and Futurism were important influences on the early punk scene, and Double shows how, as with early 20th Century cabaret, punk performance manages to include avant garde elements within popular theatre forms. Oliver Double started his career performing a comedy act alongside anarchist punk bands in Exeter, going on to spend ten years on the alternative comedy circuit. Currently, he lectures in Drama at the University of Kent, and he is the author of Stand-Up! On Being a Comedian (Methuen, 1997) and Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-Up Comedy (Methuen, 2005).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: S.E. Quarrell
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2014 14:36
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1182 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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