"Theatre of the dancing language" : new possibilities in contemporary Australian playwrighting

Stewart, Lucy Claire (2008) "Theatre of the dancing language" : new possibilities in contemporary Australian playwrighting. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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This study focuses on trends in contemporary Australian playwrighting, discussing recent investigations into the playwrighting process. The study analyses the current state of this country’s playwrighting industry, with a particular focus on programming trends since 1998. It seeks to explore the implications of this current theatrical climate, in particular the types of work most commonly being favoured for production. It argues that Australian plays are under-represented (compared to non-Australian plays) on ‘mainstream’ stages and that audiences might benefit from more challenging modes of writing than the popular three-act realist play models. The thesis argues that ‘New Lyricism’ might fill this position of offering an innovative Australian playwrighting mode. New Lyricism is characterised by a set of common aesthetics, including a non-linear narrative structure, a poetic use of language and magic realism. Several Australian playwrights who have adopted this mode of writing are identified and their works examined. The author’s play Floodlands is presented as a case study and the author’s creative process is examined in light of the published critical discussions about experimental playwriting work.

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ID Code: 28477
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Carson, Susan
Keywords: Theatre, playwriting/ playwrighting, New Lyricism, magic realism, history of Australian theatre, contemporary Australian theatre, creative practice as research, playwriting structure, playwriting trends, postdramatic theatre
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2009 05:00
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:53

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