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The collaborative impact : writing a play with the collaboration of actors

Lyall-Watson, Katherine (2007) The collaborative impact : writing a play with the collaboration of actors. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

How can a playwright share authorial control with a group of actors when creating a new play script? How does the individual playwright address matters of genre, form, style and structure to create a unifying theme, while remaining true to the dramatic intention and aesthetics of the group? What impact will the collaborators have on a playwright's work? Will they help or hinder the writing process? This exegesis closely follows the creation of a new play, The Woods, in a process where the playwright intended to facilitate a collaborative process with the actors rather than act as sole author. Issues arising in this mode of working include the real meaning of sole authorship, aesthetic integrity and creative power balance. The analysis of these issues will have relevance for theatre practitioners working in collaborative contexts.

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ID Code: 16582
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Megarrity, David& Bolland, Craig
Keywords: collaboration, collaborative theatre, group devised theatre, devising, playwrights, creativity, play building, play script, authorial control, theatre
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 Katherine Lyall-Watson
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 14:06
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:49

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