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Soundings in the dramaturgy of the Australian theatre director

by Mark Eckersley

  Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material

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Directing as Dramaturgy   (2011-12-25)

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by jadetas

Soundings in the Dramaturgy of the Australian Theatre Director ' is a diverse and interesting academic book which examines the processes of Australian theatre directing, in terms of dramaturgy. The book puts forward the notion that directors call on the elements of dramaturgy and that their work can and should be viewed from a dramaturgical perspective. This book gives one of the best overviews of dramaturgy I have read.
This dissertation looks at the dramaturgy of the Australian director through the use of the case studies of three directors. Building on a definition of dramaturgy developed on the work of Darko Suvin, the work of three Australian directors is examined in terms of their organisation of non-empirical space/time as borne by performers who represent by means of action, meaning to an audience. Each director is interviewed with specific reference to the concerns of the dramaturgy as outlined by Suvin. Through the use of these case studies, the dramaturgy of Australian theatre directors is examined. A production of each of the three directors is analysed in terms of the elements of dramaturgy. A National Directing Survey is undertaken by the writer, determines the fields within which Australian directors work and to determine the dramaturgical emphasis of different directors. All this is then brought together into valuable and insightful observations about the language and processes of theatre directors and direction. 

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