Appalling behaviour

Pike, Shane (2016) Appalling behaviour. [Live Performance (Play)]

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'Appalling Behaviour' is a critically acclaimed contemporary Australian monologue, written by AWGIE Award winning playwright, Stephen House. This production, directed and creatively adapted by Shane Pike, was presented at the Brisbane Powerhouse in February 2016, as part of Queensland's LGBTIQ festival, Melt. This adaptation of the work experimented with notions of gender, taking the original script and manipulating character and scene to investigate expressions of identity beyond the traditional notions of binary gender-norms. To this end, the sole character (and actor) was (re)presented as a homeless bi-sexual queen with the aim of inferring that gender un/ab-normative characters can exist not only as disruptors/comments on/agitators of traditional expectations of performed gender (both onstage and off), but can also exist as accepted characters in and of themselves. Put simply: can a bi-sexual queen just be an actor/character in a play, or do all gender extra-normative characters inherently exist as political, social and cultural challengers? If so, why is this the case and should we be aiming for this kind of character to be an accepted part of the performative fabric, seamless and fitting within any onstage situation and play (why can't Willy Loman, King Lear or Nora be gender non-normative), or should such (re)presentations always exist as 'different'? Is it time for individual expressions of gender to just 'be' and be accepted as givens, or are we not quite there yet?

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ID Code: 93215
Item Type: Creative Work (Live Performance (Play))
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Stephen House
  • Zoë Tuffin
  • Tom Markiewicz
  • Silvan Rus
Funders: Wax Lyrical Productions, Brisbane Powerhouse
Measurements or Duration: 55 minutes
Location: From date: To date:
Brisbane Powerhouse 2016-02-10 2016-02-13
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Keywords: Practice led research, Australian Theatre, Masculinity in performance, Gender in Performance, Gender identity
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 > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright in story remains with the Author, Stephen House. Copyright in concept, design and production images remains with the Director, Shane Pike. Copyright in music and musical score remains with the composer/musician, Silvan Rus. Copyright in promotional images remains with Joel Devereux.
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2016 02:03
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 01:34

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