Performing Herself: Autobiography and Fanny Kelly's Dramatic Recollections

Bush-Bailey, Gilli (2011) Performing Herself: Autobiography and Fanny Kelly's Dramatic Recollections. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719079214
Creators:Bush-Bailey, Gilli

This unique book contains the never before published script of the first ever one-woman show, written by Fanny Kelly. The script was performed in Britain in the 1830s and 40s, based on Kelly's own experiences and offers a picture of the exuberant and often bizarre Georgian entertainment world.

The performance text is introduced, edited and explained by Gilli Bush-Bailey, who focuses 21st-century revisionist scholarship on Kelly's story. It is an innovative contribution to the modern debate on biographical and autobiographical writing, whilst also being a valuable text for those who wish to study comedy and women's performance. The materials and methods of the modern stand-up routine are already to be seen in this unusual text.

This book will appeal to students and scholars who are involved in performance, theatre history, or biography. It is also an accessible text for the interested general reader.

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Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Library Code: 792.028092 BUS ----- HBK ISBN: 978-0719079214
Uncontrolled Keywords:One-Woman Show, Fanny Kelly, Play, Women's Comedy, Stand-up, Autobiography, Performance Text, Biography, Performance Criticism
Date:15 August 2011
ID Code:533
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Deposited On:06 Sep 2016 12:22
Last Modified:10 May 2019 12:26
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