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Performing the TestimonialRethinking Verbatim Dramaturgies$
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Amanda Stuart Fisher

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526145741

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526145758

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Conclusion: Performing witnessing in a post-truth era

Conclusion: Performing witnessing in a post-truth era

(p.178) Conclusion: Performing witnessing in a post-truth era
Performing the Testimonial

Amanda Stuart Fisher

Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter draws together some of the key problematics explored in the book and argues for the relevance of contemporary testimonial theatre-making practices within a political climate marked out by the politics of post-truth discourse and political narratives increasingly rooted in populism. Through a discussion of And the Rest of Me Floats by Outbox (2019), a London-based theatre company that explores trans and queer identities, the chapter considers the diverse ways in which testimony is now being adopted within many performance practices to examine different lived experience and identities. These new engagements with testimonial performance practices, which are marked out by fluidity and a hybridity of form and approach, lay the ground for importance critical forms of ethico-political resistance and establish performance strategies that have the potential to speak truth to power, while enacting forms of solidarity with others.

Keywords:   Outbox Theatre, post-truth, queer identity, solidarity, trans identity

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