The Empty City - Creative Development One

Fenton, David Raymond The Empty City - Creative Development One. (Unpublished)


Project Overview ¬ Taking inspiration from the narrative of David Megarrity and Jonathon Oxlade’s picture book The Empty City, this project seeks to take the book and adapt it into a hybrid theatre work, which includes, live performance, animation, film, mask and original music. The creative team want to pursue this project because we believe that early childhood audience have an understanding and appreciation of sophisticated hybridity of theatrical forms through their play. As such, the project harnesses the innovative theatre work often made for adults and creates a work with the same formal sophistication and strength for children. The project is innovative in both form and process with a view to positioning the eventual work as a festival event, for national and international audiences. To achieve this goal we have positioned the creative development with a high profile venue partner, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, who are at the forefront of innovative festival productions for early childhood audience with the Out Of the Box Festival. The process for the creative development is a particularly risky; because it seeks a genuine convergence of forms where no one form will be privileged over the other throughout the process, however all of them through their convergence can be considered as ‘theatre’.

Current Status - The work has received a New Works grant from the Australia Council Theatre Board for $25 500 for the first phase of creative development (see Funding Schedule attached for future options to bring the work to performance and potentially national/international tour)

Research Outline This project positions the work as three way collaboration, between creative practitioners, industry and the Higher Education sector framing the project as both creative practice and research. Maintaining the integrity of the creative development as research Queensland University of Technology has contributed in-kind support and funds for a Research Assistant to facilitate research methodologies, data collection and reporting on the intermedial creative process and the audience’s reception of the creative development. The methodologies implemented would best be practice-led research methodologies and qualitative audience reception methods. The Research Assistant will commence working with the creative team in a part-time capacity in late 2008. Researching both the methodology and gathering data on the planning phase before the intensive creative development in January 2009.It is envisaged that after the creative development the Research Assistant and the Director will analyse the data with the potential for a paper written on the outcomes of this practice-led research. Equally an audience reception study would serve particularly well for the acquittal, to generating more rigorous funding applications and importantly to direct the next phase of the creative development.

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ID Code: 18364
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This is a creative work.
Keywords: Drama, Children's Theatre, Intermedial Theatre, Picture Book Adaptaion, Animated, Creative Work
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: David Fenton
Copyright Statement:

The contracts with all group members and artists have copyright provisions which have already been negotiated with Lothian/Hachette Livre the publishers, and a separate licensing agreements with the original copyright holders David Megarrity and Jonathon Oxlade exits.

The copyright holder of the overall creative adaption of the work rests with the director of the work - David Fenton licenced to his company The Human Company.

Deposited On: 04 Mar 2009 04:50
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 15:51

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