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A good night out for the girls: popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance

A good night out for the girls: popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance

Aston, Elaine; Harris, Geraldine (Geraldine Mary)

Innovative and engaging, A Good Night Out for the Girls looks beyond the confines of the political theatre paradigm that has been the mainstay of feminist theatre interests and theorising. In a departure from the many feminist theorists and philosophers in the last two to three decades who have sought to define and describe the sort of ideal, utopian feminism 'we need', this book looks to the field of theatre and performance to investigate the sort of flawed, sometimes confused and contradictory, but nonetheless lived feminisms that a significant number of women have actually got. Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, the book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance

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Statement of responsibility: Elaine Aston and Geraldine Harris
ISBN: 1137300140, 9780230281035, 9781137300140
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 218 pages
Series: Performance interventions
Subject: Theatre; Performing arts.; Feminism and theater.; Feminism; Feminism and the arts.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Performance interventions.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Acknowledgements Introduction: 'A Good Night Out For the Girls' Jam and Jerusalem/ Sentimentality and Feminism: Calendar Girls Roaring Women and Class Acts: The Naked Truth and the Chippendales' Ultimate Girls Night Out Age Liberation: Susan Boyle
  2. 'Grumpy Old Women' and Virginia Ironside's Monologues Once More with Feeling: Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species and Nic Green's Trilogy Work
  3. Family
  4. Romance and the Utopian Sensibilities of the Chick Megamusical Mamma Mia! The Ghosts of New Burlesque Entertaining Others: Shappi Khorsandi and Andi Osho 'Are We There Yet?' – Final Reflections & Marisa Carnesky's Ghost Train Bibliography Index