Practices of reading: ‘theoretical method’ and ‘expressive realism’ as dramaturgical strategy

Bolton, Jacqueline (2012) Practices of reading: ‘theoretical method’ and ‘expressive realism’ as dramaturgical strategy. In: Between: Page / Stage, 17-19 May 2012, Sopot, Poland.

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Abstract

Understanding adaptation as encompassing both the preparation of a written play-text and its realization in performance, comparing the processes of adaptation employed for Poulton’s Hedda Gabler and Lollike’s Nathan (Ohne Titel) provides insight not only into the role and function of play-texts within these respective theatre cultures but also the perceived agency and functionality of the production dramaturg. Accordingly, this paper argues that whilst the German-language theatre’s prevailing critical-theoretical approach to the reading, interpreting and staging of play-texts produces the need for a production dramaturg to support the work of a creative team, English theatre’s default adherence to principles of expressive realism forcefully negates the potential functions of production dramaturgy, effectively ‘writing it out’ of the creative process.

Additional Information:Understanding adaptation as encompassing both the preparation of a written play-text and its realization in performance, comparing the processes of adaptation employed for Poulton’s Hedda Gabler and Lollike’s Nathan (Ohne Titel) provides insight not only into the role and function of play-texts within these respective theatre cultures but also the perceived agency and functionality of the production dramaturg. Accordingly, this paper argues that whilst the German-language theatre’s prevailing critical-theoretical approach to the reading, interpreting and staging of play-texts produces the need for a production dramaturg to support the work of a creative team, English theatre’s default adherence to principles of expressive realism forcefully negates the potential functions of production dramaturgy, effectively ‘writing it out’ of the creative process.
Keywords:adaptation, dramaturg
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:7629
Deposited On:23 Feb 2013 11:46

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