Kneehigh’s Retellings

Lilley, Heather (2017) Kneehigh’s Retellings. In: Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation in Theatre. Adaptation in Theatre and Performance . Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 5-24.

[img] Text
Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 29 November 2020.
Available under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (36kB)
Official URL:


Devised adaptation as practiced by Kneehigh Theatre is a complex, collaborative process of recreating myths, fairy tales , classic texts and films. These are adapted as popular, accessible, and often both celebratory and subversive theatrical experiences. This chapter is a study of Kneehigh’s creative processes alongside analysis of several of the performance works that they have generated since 1999. This study reveals the suitability of devising methodologies as valuable collaborative processes for unlocking and reimagining source texts . The company’s preference for the term ‘retelling’ over adaptation is shown to signal their alliance to an oral storytelling tradition in which intertextuality , narrative mutability, and shared cultural ownership of stories is prioritized over single authorship and fixed originals.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 11:14
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2018 08:22

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item