The mask as an agent in the transformation of the performer

Stapley, Kathryn (2009) The mask as an agent in the transformation of the performer. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Masks are universally regarded as an object of disguise but this is not their sole function or purpose within theatre. The mask can also be an agent of transformation in the performer. This dissertation aims to explore to what degree the mask can be an agent of transformation in the performer. The notion of transformation in the performer can be located in three specific areas: the origins of the mask in the history of theatre, the mask’s position and status in twentieth century western theatre, and finally the infiltration of the mask into twenty-first century actor training. Each section is preceded with a quote which highlights for the reader the subject under investigation in that section. Each chapter aims to examine ways in which masks are seen as transformative agents in the performer and ways in which they are not. Employing this method in each chapter has enabled me to conclude that masks do have the ability to transform the performer but that there are varying levels of transformation and as a result, individual performers experience transformation differently. Furthermore, transformation can only occur if the performer has sufficient skill in their art.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/768

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