Musicalising theatre, theatricalising music: Writing and performing intermediality in composed theatre

Megarrity, David R. (2015) Musicalising theatre, theatricalising music: Writing and performing intermediality in composed theatre. PhD by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This investigation combined musicality and theatricality in the creation of four shows: Bear with Me, The Empty City, Gentlemen Songsters and Warmwaters. Led by creative practice, the research identified four polyvalences that characterise Composed Theatre, a transformational artistic domain which offers distinct challenges for performance makers. These include tensions and resolutions between compositional and theatrical thinking; music and words; setlist and script; and finally persona and character. The research finds that these interplays not only lend Composed Theatre its distinct qualities, but offer a potential set of balances to strike for writers, performers, composers and musicians who mix music and theatre in intermedial performance.

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ID Code: 88953
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Makeham, Paul & Mafe, Daniel
Keywords: Composed Theatre, Intermediality, Musicalisation, music, theatre, playwriting, performance, ukulele
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2016 23:41
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 23:41

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