Learning to write spaces
Contemporary Theatre Review
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
It is frequently suggested to new playwrights that you ‘have to know the rules in order to break them’. This suggestion relies on the idea that theatre audiences share certain expectations of how language works in the theatre. However, it can be argued that different audiences bring different expectations, and that theatre is increasingly entering into new arenas and disciplinary collaborations, where dramatic ‘rules’ are contaminated by, or superseded by other compositional principles. I will propose that site-specificity is not only a symptom of this situation, but may be a useful pedagogical tool in facilitating a writer's route into engaging with visual and spatial principles of composition.
This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Contemporary Theatre Review, volume 23, issue 2, 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10486801.2013.777054
2013, Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 114-119
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