Action Plans: Selected Performance Pieces


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Action Hero is one of the most exciting and original performance companies working in the UK today. Exploring the epic and the banal, they create performance that is intimate and invigorating. Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shaped cultural memory. The audience become co-conspirators in work which is playful yet intellectually rigorous. The distinctive and accessible aesthetic developed through their 10-year collaboration is now influencing a new generation of theatre-makers.

Includes the pieces: Hoke’s Bluff, Slap Talk, Watch Me Fall, A Western, Frontman and Extraordinary Rendition.

Introduction by Professor Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow, read extract online.

‘See why this maverick company, with its engaging DIY aesthetic, is attracting so much attention.’ – Guardian.

Action Hero is Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse. They live and make their work in Bristol, UK.

Their work has been performed in theatres, galleries, bars and public spaces across five continents.

Oberon Books, 2015. 21.5×14 cm, 184 pages, paperback with colour images throughout.


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Weight 550.0 kg