Sport as theatrical event

Scollen, Rebecca ORCID: (2000) Sport as theatrical event. In: Issues and values in sport and leisure cultures. Chelsea School Research Centre Edition (9). Meyer & Meyer Sport, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 229-254. ISBN 1-84126-055-X


This chapter will explain how sport can be understood as a theatrical event. Important to include in this context is the thought that sport and theatre are understood to be professional and to be live performances. A discussion of the common aspects of theatre and sport leads to a consideration of aesthetics and a metaphorical analysis of both forms. Throughout, statistics gained from an audience reception study of the Davis Cup (Scollen, 2000a) will be presented in support of the claims under consideration.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:06
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 00:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport; theatre; audience reception; spectators; rules and boundaries; contest and conflict; performance; aesthetics; phenomenology; metaphor; culture; play
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3604 Performing arts > 360403 Drama, theatre and performance studies
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520107 Sport and exercise psychology
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470203 Consumption and everyday life
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified

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