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Title: Actor in a second language
Author: Florea, Bogdan M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 6340
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2020
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The thesis is focused on actors who use English as a second language in performances on stage or on screen in England. The question that frames the enquiry is, “Who is a Second Language Actor?”, and it is posed three times, differently in each of the three chapters. Throughout the thesis, I will be applying philosophical terms from Gilles Deleuze and Felix, such as plane of immanence, plane of composition, becoming, schizo-affect, grammaticality. In the first chapter, I discuss the possible emergence of an SLA from within the totality of random events of act-ing (as opposed to acting) in a second language, termed the plane of immanence of second language act-ing. I will introduce the concept of becoming-SLA, a second language actor in the process of appearing, and always coming into being. Each act of uttering is seen as a minorisation of the second language, a creative pushing of the language’s limits, which generates a special form of English, named English-becoming-another-language. The second chapter introduces the concept of grammaticality: a complex machine (people, technologies, schools, traditions/customs) that names the SLA’s as either Migrant or Nomad and inscribes them onto a given plane of composition of second language acting, restricting their immanent, creative energies. The final chapter discusses the possible emergence of a new type of SLA : a schizo-actor who produces schizo-affects in an English-becoming-another-language, uncontrollable by grammaticality. The schizo-SLA operates in a state of bottomlessness, which is defined as a specific creative/existential condition. The thesis discusses all these in the context of the practice-based research conducted with Nu Nu Theatre, a company that focuses its work on the question of who a Second-Language Actor is and who he/she can become. The two performance processes that are analysed in relation to the research question are Billie Killer and BANDIT.
Supervisor: Krebs, Katja Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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