Community stories : aftershocks and verbatim theatre
Makeham, Paul B. (1998) Community stories : aftershocks and verbatim theatre. In Kelly, Veronica (Ed.) Our Australian theatre in the 1990s. Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 168-181.
At 10:27 a.m. on 28 December, 1989, an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale struck the New South Wales city of Newcastle. Thirteen people were killed in the quake, and large sections of the city were extensively damaged. One of the worst affected sites was the Newcastle Workers' Club, a large building in which nine people died and which was all but completely destroyed. About one year later, a group of community cultural development workers from Newcastle Trades Hall Council decided to produce a documentary play about the collapse of the Workers' Club. Aftershocks, the play which resulted, is Verbatim Theatre. That is, it consists entirely of stories gathered in interviews from real people who were directly affected by the destruction of the Club: members, staff, patrons and friends. Although mediated by a complex process of recording, transcription, editing and performance, the authenticity of these accounts remains relatively uncompromised.
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|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Keywords:||Aftershocks, verbatim theatre, documentary drama, Newcastle NSW, earthquake|
|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:||Copyright 1998 Rodopi|
|Deposited On:||10 Apr 2007|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:35|
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