How do the escapist, Utopic tendencies of musical theatre add to its significance as a form of entertainment?: from reality to dreams, an exploration of the fantastical world of the musical

Bond, Sarah (2012) How do the escapist, Utopic tendencies of musical theatre add to its significance as a form of entertainment?: from reality to dreams, an exploration of the fantastical world of the musical. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis is an exploration of escapism within musical theatre. It looks at the fantastical world that we experience when escaping from of our ‘real lives’, into the world of musical theatre. Why do we feel the need to escape? How do we get there? And once we are there, what is it that we are experiencing? These are all questions that will be explored in depth throughout each chapter, looking closely at the ideas of Utopia, dreams and fantasy. With a philosophical perspective, this thesis attempts to analyse musical theatre as another world in which we can escape. It questions our ‘being’ in the world, relating ideas to both real life and fiction. It also explores the temporalities of a ‘space’ in particular, a theatrical space. From Heidegger to Freud, the temporalities of a narrative combined with the obscurities of a dream, creates a world in which we, as an audience, can achieve an escapist and Utopic experience. Drawing examples from musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma!, West Side Story and Lady in the Dark, this thesis attempts to highlight the significance of these ideas and theories, justifying musical theatre as legitimate form of entertainment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 14:56
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14048

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