Over the last decade a number of prison theatre programs have developed to rehabilitate inmates by having them perform Shakespearean adaptations While twentieth and twenty first century ideas about theatre as therapy, political resistance, and popular education hold sway for many programs, this book focuses on how prison theatre today reveals certain elements of the early modern theatre that were themselves responses to cataclysmic changes in theological doctrine and religious practice Herold reads the Shakespearean theatre at once historically and forward presentising He examines the precise dramaturgical and ideological elements of this historical theatre that are today conducive to the remarkable rehabilitative success of prison theatre programs like Shakespeare Behind Bars....
|Title||:||Prison Shakespeare and the Purpose of Performance: Repentance Rituals and the Early Modern|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Pivot 2014 edition October 17, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||152 pages|
|File Size||:||692 KB|
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Prison Shakespeare and the Purpose of Performance: Repentance Rituals and the Early Modern Reviews
Ideas are bursting off each page here, so many that you can hardly process them, many elliptical requiring multiple readings, so if you are someone who needs all arguments to run in straight lines, this might not be the book for you. Reading this as a prosecutor, I found the transformation by Shakespeare of those confined at Luther Luckett state prison in Kentucky very interesting, but there is a larger point here. According to the Shakespeare Behind Bars program, prison Shakespeare programs in general result in recidivism rates that are one-tenth the national average. There may be some self-selection bias at work, and the statistics might be a little less startling if you could compare recidivism rates solely among the medium security prisons where these programs tend to be held. But this is unlikely to be the entire explanation for the disparity. With about 6.5 million individuals currently incarcerated in the United States, an understanding of what programs actually reduce recidivism rates and how they achieve these results should be crucially important to all of us.