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Training for performance: a meta-disciplinary account

Training for performance: a meta-disciplinary account

Matthews, John

The first academic book to provide a comprehensive definition of one of the most frequently used terms in theatre and performance studies. Rather than define training as a set of preparatory activities, the book describes what training means

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Methuen Drama, 2011
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Available: Newton Park

  • Newton Park – One available in Main Collection 792.028/MAT

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Statement of responsibility: by John Matthews
ISBN: 1408129175, 1408129183, 9781408129173, 9781408129180
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 240 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Series: Performance books
Subject: Acting.; Performing arts; Acting; Performing Arts.
Series Title: Performance books.

Author note

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014).


'This is an exciting project. In opening out the question of performance training beyond the user-manual or the historical-methodological and into a philosophical context, this book is a timely and much needed resource'
Anna Furse - Goldsmiths, University of London||'A key contribution of the work is its unwillingness to take the value of training for granted, but instead to take training's claims for value 'seriously', and to look closely at the terms upon which such value is constructed'
Joe Kelleher - Roehampton University of London