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Double acts, theatrical couples, and Split Britches' 'Double Agency'

Harris, Geraldine (2002) Double acts, theatrical couples, and Split Britches' 'Double Agency'. New theatre quarterly, 18 (3). pp. 211-221. ISSN 0266-464X

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    Abstract

    In 2001 Split Britches presented a double bill entitled Double Agency, consisting of one new piece, Miss Risque, and one already in their repertoire, It's a Small House and We've Lived in It Always--both works having been created in collaboration with the Cold Ensemble. In this article, Geraldine Harris re-stages her earlier encounter with Small House, in the light of seeing it again as part of the double bill, as a means of examining a number of issues concerning the work of Split Britches in general and its reception in the academic world. particular consideration is given to the manner in which Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver's performances have been read in terms of their 'real' lives and relationship and the various ways in which this may reflect the preconceptions of the spectator-critic. Focusing on how their work reiterates specific theatrical traditions and conventions, Harris suggests that utopian tendencies in academic feminist criticism may have underplayed the ways in which, like many famous theatrical double acts, Split Britches constantly perform on the border--between tragedy and comedy, optimism and despair, fantasy and the possible, escape and entrapment.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: New theatre quarterly
    Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=NTQ The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, 18 (3), pp 211-221 2002, © 2002 Cambridge University Press.
    Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
    ID Code: 54652
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 28 May 2012 16:06
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:32
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54652

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