Experimentation with style and form in theatre production has long been within the purview of performances generated within educational institutions. Enabling students to explore the rich possibilities and the dynamic performance potential of classic texts in a contemporary culture is one of the fundamental aims of many teacher and artists within the academy. As co-directors of This Way Up (2011), our aim was to bring our separate cohorts of students into a common rehearsal room where they could explore the important social issues addressed in the play in a way that was informed by the newly created community of actors. Using post-modern performance techniques, the students explored the issues which were most relevant to them.
|Keywords:||Applied Theater, Postmodern Performance, Drama Pedagogy|
Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Lifecycle Project Officer, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia