The clown and the king: undergraduate actor training and wellbeing

McDonald, Janet and Alderdice, Scott and Cutcliffe, Katrina (2019) The clown and the king: undergraduate actor training and wellbeing. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 10 (1). pp. 68-84. ISSN 1944-3927


This paper explores the use of clown-state as a strategy for increasing wellbeing within the rehearsal process of King Lear with final year (undergraduate) acting students. In this context, actors-in-training experience the body’s capacity for resilience through experimentation with the grotesque and ambivalence in order to create Shakespearean characters. It is posited that the navigation of these experiences constitutes ‘rehearsing for resilience’ to increase individual and group wellbeing.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 03:41
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 04:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: wellbeing in actor-training, clown-state, critical dramaturgy, grotesque realism, Stanislavski
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/19443927.2018.1494036

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