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Joanna Murray-Smith and Daniel Keene : class oppositions

Carroll, Kieran (2007) Joanna Murray-Smith and Daniel Keene : class oppositions. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Joanna Murray-Smith and Daniel Keene are both successful mid-career Melbourne playwrights. Taking them as a starting point and re-tracing an Australian theatrical lineage, this project explores new Melbourne narratives in which two branches of the Australian theatrical idiom converge in a single creative work, my play Friday Night, In Town. An analysis of the writing of Friday Night, In Town, authored by myself and presented for examination herein, demonstrates its narratives are structured with deliberate reference to Murray-Smith and Keene revealing a new form of contemporary urban playwriting. The play's originality, it will be shown, and its contribution to new knowledge, lie in its engagement with these playwrights and their Australian predecessors. These elements combine with a redeployment of the medieval pageant-play, which is thus reinvigorated as a mode of contemporary playwriting practice. The play text presented herein (Friday Night, In Town) represents 75 per cent of the weighting for this M.A. (by Research) with the exegetical component weighted at 25 per cent.

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ID Code: 16604
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Makeham, Paul& Bolland, Craig
Keywords: Australian theatre, urban plays, urban drama, Melbourne playwrights, pageant-play, Daniel Keene, Joanna Murray-Smith
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 Kieran Carroll
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 14:06
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:50

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