How does theatre, one of the most ancient and physical arts, relate to the modern, dynamic technology that is social media?
Used daily by many, social media has become one of the main mediums through which we present and perform our lives. In this timely introduction to the revealing relationship between theatre and social media, Patrick Lonergan considers social media as a performance space, analyses how theatre-makers’ engagement with social media on and off stage affects elements of theatrical composition and reception, and explores the practical and conceptual implications of audiences interacting with professional productions through social media.
Patrick Lonergan is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at National University of Ireland in Galway. His previous publication, Theatre and Globalization, won the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. Patrick is series editor of the Methuen Critical Companions to Drama, and the author of numerous other publications. He is director of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project and an executive member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. Patrick is also currently the academic editor of the Abbey Theatre Archive Digitization Project (a major digitization project involving scripts, designs, video and audio) and part of the editorial advisory board for Contemporary Theatre Review.