Tango Femme : placing the lesbian centre stage

Moss, Merrilee Anne (2009) Tango Femme : placing the lesbian centre stage. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

The play Tango Femme places the lesbian centre stage by creating characters, narrative and drama in the world of same-sex dancing. The accompanying exegesis examines the problems and issues associated with creating lesbian characters in theatre, using a synthesized, practice led methodology. During the process of imagining, constructing and writing my case study play, I have investigated lesbian theatre productions and companies in order to make sense of my personal experiences in the theatre world. I have also reflected on the lesbian as represented in mainstream theatre and popular culture. Through journal writing and contemplation, I have sought to identify difficulties inherent in writing this type of play, using my own journey as a focus. My study illuminates the historical and sociological circumstances in the eighties and nineties in Australia and concludes that as a lesbian playwright I was caught between a rock and a hard place: the rock being lesbian theatre on a community level, as defined and attended primarily by separatist lesbians, and the hard place being mainstream theatre, located within the dominant, heteronormative discourse. The play Tango Femme has developed in conversation with my reflective practice and research and is written in the space outside the master narrative as "an instance of lesbian discourse" (Davy 1996, p.153).

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ID Code: 32157
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Bray, Errol & Makeham, Paul
Keywords: playwriting, performance, drama, lesbian theatre, women’s theatre, Australian theatre, queer theatre, minority theatre, same-sex dance
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 11 May 2010 05:06
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:56

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