Playwriting methodologies in community-engaged theatre practice in regional Australia

Burton, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2727-0030 (2020) Playwriting methodologies in community-engaged theatre practice in regional Australia. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]


Abstract

This thesis examines playwriting methodologies commonly used in community-engaged theatre practice in regional Australia. Since 2003, the Queensland Music Festival has committed to commissioning original community-engaged works in regional Queensland communities. These works, typically featuring a cast of many hundreds and audiences of many thousands, are unique examples of community-engaged theatre work. Since 2013, I have served as playwright on these works and have undertaken practice-based and practice-led research across four case studies, along with complementary interviews. The research positioned the playwright in a dense and complex network of stakeholders in community-engaged practice. Whereas much community-engaged research focuses on the critical relationship between artist and community participant, the artist is also in relationship with their employer and their fellow artistic peers. In framing the playwright at the centre of this triangle, three key findings emerge. Firstly, a shared intentionality between all stakeholders is essential for community-engaged work. Further, using Bourdieu’s understandings of habitus and Wenger’s definitions of ‘communities of practice’ and social artistry (2009), the value of conflict or disjuncture is given importance for the playwright. Finally, the value of verbatim theatre methodologies is given new understanding in the creation of contemporary community-engaged work.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctorate of Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Supervisors: Kelly, Kathryn; Megarritty, David
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2021 00:31
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2021 00:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied theatre, community-engaged theatre, Gladstone, Isaac Shire Council, Logan, Moranbah, Mount Isa, participatory arts, playwriting, practice-led research, Queensland Music Festival, regional Australia, regional Queensland, verbatim theatre, verbatim theatre methodologies.
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3604 Performing arts > 360401 Applied theatre
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41919

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