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dc.contributor.advisorWise, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorFoster, Michael E.
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-23T02:28:20Z
dc.date.available2018-01-23T02:28:20Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.doi10.25904/1912/3224
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/366270
dc.description.abstractThe thesis investigates the field of Theatre practice variously referred to as alternative, non-mainstream, avant-garde, community or fringe theatre. I have suggested the term 'Radical Group Theatre' - a term which, I believe, best encompasses the sector formerly represented by this diverse body of theatre practice. I focus on the relationship between theoretical and practical paradigms, and debates surrounding them; theatre making processes; and directorial practice in a theatre form which has emerged as a distinctive set of characteristics, ideological frameworks and practices in the Australian context. The work is strongly informed by the perspectives and practices of a range of major contributors to the field. It notes the inadequacy of conventional analytics and established understandings of the theory/practice nexus for exploring Radical Group Theatre, and establishes an alternate set of frameworks. These enable fresh engagement with the development and current praxis of an important theatre form which has not previously been considered as a whole field yet has taken particularly exciting directions in Australia over the past three decades. Methodology and objectives: An important aspect of the study is the way in which the research methodology parallels the practice under investigation. That is, the practice of Radical Group Theatre in Australia mirrors the 'Reflective Reflexive Loop' which I propose as the pre-eminent principle of the praxis. The methodology has developed out of my Masters degree research which was an interrogation of my directorial practice in the field of Youth/Community theatre, 1976-1989. I was further interested to analyse the field of group theatre to determine whether common key principles identified as characteristics of the form in the earlier study constituted the basis for an analytical model of Radical Group Theatre praxis. The investigation for this thesis began with a project designed to synthesise the essential qualities of directorial practice: the qualities of the good director, the major influences on practice, and the expectations participants have regarding the function of the director. The preliminary findings formed the basis for a comparative study which sought answers to the key questions as they apply to a pre-professional radical theatre setting - university student theatre. This project gave birth to the focus questions of the study which established the theoretical and methodological frames for the thesis.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherGriffith University
dc.publisher.placeBrisbane
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.
dc.subject.keywordstheatre
dc.subject.keywordstheater
dc.subject.keywordsalternative
dc.subject.keywordsradical
dc.subject.keywordsavant-garde
dc.subject.keywordsfringe
dc.subject.keywordsgroup
dc.subject.keywordsgroups
dc.subject.keywordsradical group theatre
dc.subject.keywordsdirector
dc.subject.keywordsdirectors
dc.subject.keywordsdirecting
dc.subject.keywordsdirection
dc.subject.keywordstheatrical
dc.subject.keywordsAustralia
dc.subject.keywordsAustralian
dc.subject.keywords1970s
dc.subject.keywords1980s
dc.subject.keywords1990s
dc.titleThe Praxis of Theatre Directing: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Directorial Paradigms and Radical Group Theatre in Australia Since 1975
dc.typeGriffith thesis
gro.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.
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dc.contributor.otheradvisorKrauth, Nigel
dc.rights.accessRightsPublic
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1315526914291
gro.identifier.ADTnumberadt-QGU20040810.091417
gro.source.ADTshelfnoADT0
gro.source.GURTshelfnoGURT
gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
gro.departmentSchool of Arts
gro.griffith.authorFoster, Michael E.


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