The space between: Representing 'youth' on the contemporary Australian stage

Jordan, Richard (2006) The space between: Representing 'youth' on the contemporary Australian stage. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

Young characters throughout the history of Australian theatre have traditionally been represented as tragic, transient, and dangerous; discourses which have defined and limited their construction. 'Youth' itself is a concept which has been invented and perpetuated within Western Art and Media for much of the twentieth century and beyond, creating an exclusive 'space' for young people: a space between childhood and a standard human being. This thesis seeks to explore the implications of this space, as well as contextualise a new creative work - the stage play like, dead - within the canon of Australian theatre texts which portray young characters. like, dead will be shown to be a work which reappropriates clichéd youthful discourses through the use of irony, humour, and a sense of postmodern 'performativity' among its characters. In so doing it will demonstrate an alternative approach to representing young people on the Australian stage, by enhancing the constructedness of traditional images of 'youth' and pursuing the creation of young characters which are not solely defined by the term.

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ID Code: 16173
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Megarrity, David & Glover, Stuart
Keywords: youth culture, performance, theatre for young people, post-modern theatre, history of Australian theatre, Queensland theatre, performativity, television, creative practice as research
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Richard Jordan
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:57
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 07:26

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