The Theatre Performance as Interaction between Actors and Their Audience
2011 (English)In: Nottingham French Studies, ISSN 0029-4586, Vol. 50, no 2, 113-133 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Based on video-recorded performances of relatively naturalistic, modern French dramas, the study examines the behaviour of the theatre audience in relation to unfolding stage events. Such behaviour is described through close inspection of the sounds the audience produces, mainly coughing, throat-clearings, and laughter. CA (Conversation Analysis) methodology is used to analyse not only an audience’s overt reactions to stage events, but also the actions occurring outside these relatively short-lived phenomena in the context of a theatre performance. It is demonstrated that members of the audience refrain from making ‘vocal noise’ during the verbal interaction of actors, and some of the resources used to achieve this end are described. Furthermore, the audience’s laughter is described. It is shown how members of the audience negotiate collective moments of laughter not only with each other, but also with actors on stage, to insert a laughing turn in the unfolding sequence of dramatic actions.
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University of Nottingham , 2011. Vol. 50, no 2, 113-133 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63314DOI: 10.3366/nfs.2011-2.006ISI: 000292572800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63314DiVA: diva2:378032