An investigation into a dramatic writing toolset for the creation of a new work of drama
Player, Glen J. (2007) An investigation into a dramatic writing toolset for the creation of a new work of drama. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
In this exegesis I have attempted to formulate a primary toolset for dramatic writing that I can apply to create dramatic structure in plays, the chief example being my play Albatross (included herein). This toolset is contingent upon Aristotle's basic tenet of drama, that "tragedy is an imitation of an action" (2002: 10). This exegesis theorises that the work of modern writers on drama such as Spencer, Packard, Catron, Lamott, See, Hicks and many others, fundamentally accords with Aristotle on this point, such that the tools they espouse can collectively be considered a standard set for dramatic writing. Beyond this, my research has led me to believe that there is a primary subset of tools specific to creating dramatic structure. These tools, formulated from dramatic theory, best capture my own way of thinking about my writing practice. I divide them into two types: the first, tools of creation, comprise Theme and Values; Character and their Values; Characters and Action; Character Orchestration and Obstacles; and Event and Significant Change. The second, tools of evaluation, are Passivity; Stakes; and Premise. Together these eight tools have been responsible for creating dramatic structure in the play, Albatross.
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)|
|Supervisor:||Makeham, Paul & Bray, Errol|
|Keywords:||action-reflection spiral, character, climax, conflict, drama, dramatic action, playwriting, playwriting toolset, practice-led research, premise, reflexivity, theme|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Department:||Faculty of Creative Industries|
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright Glen J. Player|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2008 04:02|
|Last Modified:||28 Oct 2011 19:47|
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