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Deconstructing, refocusing and reframing the postdramatic experience

Roberts, GC 2017 , 'Deconstructing, refocusing and reframing the postdramatic experience', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Deconstructing, Refocusing and Reframing the Postdramatic Experience is an investigation
of connections within hierarchy roles in Postdramatic theatre, and the relationship audiences
have with those structures. The traditional hierarchy consists of director/playwright at the top,
however the Postdramatic style is centred on images and symbols, therefore this existing
structure must change. The overall objective of this investigation is to explore the balance
between audience’s involvement in a live Postdramatic theatre piece and how much a purely
scenographic and design based performance can influence that experience. And what the
nature of that experience could be. Although there is an overall objective for this
investigation, the project is divided into cycles of practice where each cycle will examine one
particular technical design component in a certain context. Cycle One investigates sound and
Cycle Two investigates lighting. The aim of this project is to examine relationships between
the theatre scenographer and audience through an experimentation with aesthetic structures
within theatrical works. The project aims are to highlight the hierarchy at play in different
theatre styles, while putting the scenographer at the centre of the process and also to break
down the assigned importance of the text in the process of a production. This investigation
will have its base in a staged interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Quad (1981). Due to the nonconventional
nature of a piece, it is important to address the scenographic structures in
relationship to the reception of a theatre work. It is also important to understand each role the
technical components and design play within a Postdramatic theatre setting due to the strong
reliance on non-text based components.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Roberts, GC
Keywords: Postdramatic, Audience, Sound Design, Lighting Design, Phenomenology, Samuel Beckett
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