Page extent: 200
ISBN: 9781783195008
Binding: PaperBack

Action Plans: Selected Performance Pieces by Action Hero

Action Hero

PaperBack (01 Aug 2015)

‘See why this maverick company, with its engaging DIY aesthetic, is attracting so much attention.’ Guardian

Action Hero are one of the most exciting and original performancecompanies working in the UK today. Exploring the epic and the banal,they create performance that is intimate and invigorating. Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shared cultural memory. The audience become co-conspirators in work which is playful yet intellectually rigorous. The distinctive and accessible aesthetic developed through their 10-year collaboration is now influencing a new generation of theatre-makers.

Their work has been performed in theatres, galleries, bars and public spaces across five continents. Action Hero is Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse. They live and make their work in Bristol, UK.

Introduction by Professor Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow.

Contains the pieces: A Western, Watch Me Fall, Frontman, Hoke's Bluff, Slap Talk and Extraordinary Rendition

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ISBN13 9781783195008
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 200


'It’s another gorgeous book from Oberon, whose dedication to exploring the possibilities of print to do justice to their subjects is one of the joys of contemporary performance publishing – and to a greater extent even than OG’s All Work, it feels like an heroic extension of everything Paintin and Stenhouse have built so far.' Exeunt

Hoke’s Bluff is inventive, laugh out loud funny, and takes on a poignancy in its final sections that reminded me of the Almeida’s current, gorgeous revival of Thorton Wilder’s everyman epic Our TownTime Out

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