Acts of Resistance in Late-Modernist Theatre: Writing and Directing in Contemporary Theatre Practice

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Acts of Resistance in Late-Modernist Theatre: Writing and Directing in Contemporary Theatre Practice

In Acts of Resistance in Late-Modernist Theatre, Richard Murphet presents a close analysis of the theatre practice of two groundbreaking artists – Richard Foreman and Jenny Kemp – active over the late twentieth and the early twenty- first century.

In addition, he tracks the development of a form of ‘epileptic’ writing over the course of his own career as writer/director.

Murphet argues that these three auteurs have developed subversive alternatives to the previously dominant forms of dramatic realism in order to re-think the relationship between theatre and reality. They write and direct their own work, and their artistic experimentation is manifest in the tension created between their content and their form. Murphet investigates how the works are made, rather than focusing upon an interpretation of their meaning. Through an examination of these artists, we gain a deeper understanding of a late modernist paradigm shift in theatre practice.

To be launched by Julian Murphet. Hosted by the Australian Centre and English and Theatre Studies.

Image: The ‘epileptic’ fall in Quick Death. Kevin Kiernan-Molloy, La Mama Theatre, Melbourne, 2015. Photo credit: Jeff Busby.

Presenters

  • Professor Julian  Murphet
    Professor Julian Murphet, Scientia Professor of English and Film Studies
  • Dr Richard Murphet
    Dr Richard Murphet, Director, Playwright