Queensland Arts Council road trip : an examination of in-schools touring productions (2005-2008)

Jackson, David Fitzroy (2009) Queensland Arts Council road trip : an examination of in-schools touring productions (2005-2008). Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research project explores the nature of In-School Touring Productions that are presented in Queensland classrooms by Queensland Arts Council (QAC). The research emerged from my background as a drama teacher working on secondment at QAC in the Ontour inschools department. The research follows the development of a new production Power Trip: the Adventures of Watty and Volt. The research was guided by the key question: What are some of the production and pragmatic issues that relate to In-school Touring Productions and in what ways do QAC’s Ontour inschools productions offer learning experiences?

This research involved the creation of three intersecting elements:

(1) a 45 minute personal documentary film, 8 Times Around the Equator. The film follows my enthusiasms for this hybrid form of theatre which developed from my childhood, teaching practice and finally in my role at QAC;

(2) a multimedia DVD, Queensland Arts Council 2008 inschools Season, which presents a series of short video clips promoting QAC’s Ontour inschools program; and finally

(3) this exegetical paper, Queensland Arts Council Road Trip: an Examination of In-Schools Touring Productions (2005-2008).

This exegesis supports the multimedia presentations and provides additional descriptions of QAC's Ontour inschools productions which are contextualised within the history of QAC and the field of Youth Theatre generally. During the project I observed 37 QAC productions and analysed them against set criteria and as a result four types of learning experiences were identified:

• Category X: X-periencing the Art Form – providing students with exposure to traditional forms of main stage theatre;

• Category L: Learning Through the Art Form – communicating information using an art form to educate. For example using comedy, clowning or slapstick to teach science;

• Category U: Unpacking the Art Form – deconstructing art forms and providing students with increased awareness and appreciation; and

• Category M: M-bodying the Art Form – workshops and artist residencies that allow students to create their own work.

The creative works (documentary film and DVDs) combine to make up 65% of the project. This exegetical paper concludes the final 35% required for submission.

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ID Code: 40769
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Jaaniste, Luke
Keywords: arts, drama-in-education, film documentary, in-school touring programs, learning experiences, ontour inschools, theatre-in-education, touring productions, Queensland Arts Council
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2011 02:51
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 04:24

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