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Sensory labyrinth theatre: an untold immersive theatre history

Howson-Griffiths, TR (2019) Sensory labyrinth theatre: an untold immersive theatre history. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 40 (2). pp. 190-205. ISSN 1468-2761

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Immersive theatres have emerged since the turn of the millennium as a popular form of performance. Intricate and elaborate, they interweave playfulness into the relationship between performer, audience, and performance space. Discussion of immersive theatres has largely focussed on a selection of urban theatre companies who have acquired reputations as the forerunners in the field. On the periphery, other practitioners and companies have been developing immersive methodologies within theatre that are, as yet, undocumented within this scholarship. This paper contributes to the widening of this discussion by considering the work of Iwan Brioc and his sensory labyrinth theatre (slt). It explores slt within the context of North Wales, referencing its influences from Columbian theatre director Enrique Vargas’s work on the “poetics of the senses” (Teatro de los Sentidos n.d., n. pag.). In doing so, it expands the current conceptualisation of immersive theatres, providing further work for examination within this field, and states the further potential of these transformative experiences in applied settings.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Theatre and Performance on 9th September 2019, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/14682761.2019.1663649
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immersive theatre(s); sensory labyrinth theatre (slt); Iwan Brioc; Enrique Vargas; senses; 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 10:10
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 10:10
DOI or ID number: 14682761.2019.1663649
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18767
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