This article discusses Polis, the latest performance in a long line of theatrical investigations by its director Mike Pearson, first with Welsh company Brith Gof, then with Pearson/Brookes, into the relationship between theatrical and politicalparticipation. Whereas earlier performances by Brith Gof articulated this relationship in reference to a concept of Welsh nationhood, the article argues that Polis marked a transition from a cultural understanding of nationhood to one based on a conception of citizenship, a transition effected by the recent process ofdevolution in Wales. At the same time as devolution has put the perennial questfor a ‘National Theatre’ back on the agenda, Polis’s participatory and deconstructivistformat was devised as an alternative to current simplistic concepts of a ‘National Theatre’ of representation.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Studies in Theatre and Performance|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2004|
- Welsh devolution
- national theatre
- reflexive performativity