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Title: Constructing the real : an examination of authorship and ownership in contemporary verbatim theatre
Author: Moses, Antoinette
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 0115
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2009
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Verbatim theatre is a term for a genre of factually-based plays that in recent years have become increasingly popular on stages around the world. This study contains two components: creative and critical. The creative component consists of two original plays, Trash and Cuts. Both take the form of an inquiry into the deaths of women in the care of the State, and, at the same time, the plays create a metatheatrical argument on how theatre itself fulfils the role of an inquiry. The critical component investigates issues raised by the practice of verbatim theatre. Through an appraisal of the intentionality and process of a number of verbatim plays, and the empirical analysis of writing Trash and Cuts, the study asks whether there is there room for imaginative expression in a genre that promotes itself as a form of theatre predicated on a literalist interpretation of testimony and document. It also explores the extent that fidelity to the testimony and the document limits the form of the genre. The study examines notions of authenticity and representation in the use of factually-based material and considers the process whereby those who create verbatim control the perception and response of the audience. Finally, the study addresses the issues of who (morally and legally) owns the texts and the inherent ethical and legal implications of working within the genre. The methodology of the critical study is principally an empirical study of verbatim theatre, an analysis of a number of contemporary verbatim plays written for the stage, and an experiential analysis of the work of researching, editing and writing Trash and Cuts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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