Theatre History and Historiography

Ethics, Evidence and Truth
by Professor Claire Cochrane & Dr Jo Robinson

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: November 30, 2015

ISBN: 9781137457295

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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For the first time in this collection of essays a group of theatre historians have come together to consider the challenge of applying ethical thinking to attempts to truthfully represent the past. Topics include the life of the celebrated Restoration actor Thomas Betterton, the little-known records of hitherto forgotten women involved in Victorian theatre, amateur theatricals enjoyed by the British army in colonial India, the loss of a pioneering arts centre for African and Caribbean culture, performance art in Wales and present day community arts in Northern Ireland. While confronting such difficult issues as the instability of evidence and the unreliability of memory, all the contributors offer fresh perspectives and innovative strategies for fulfilling their ethical responsibility to the lived experience of the past.