This article takes issue with the discourse of celebrating failure in contemporary theatre practice and pedagogy by looking at Sara Jane Bailes’ 2011 book, Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure. I argue that there is more than one kind of failure and that more attention must be paid to the assumptions and values we place on these failures, particularly when striving to politicize “failure” as a concept.
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