Devising a play, immersive theatre

Apr 4th, 2015
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I attended a course in which I had to devise a play with other people, preferebly an immersive play, and perform it at the end of the course. My essay was mainly about how we devised our play and influences of other devising groups and such. This essay might be really useful for you if your topic is on devising performance. I do mention immersive theatre referring to Punchdrunk. This essay is written with UK spelling.

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A critical reflection on the process and performance of realising a piece of devised theatreDevised performance is the result of a group of artists collaboratively painting a show on a blank canvas. As one deviser explains: it 'encourages and supports the notion of a group of people having the opportunity to be artists in their own right, to discover their own creativity in form and content' (Oddey, 1994, p.164). As devised theatre has become a relevant form of the performing arts, we decided to invent, write and stage a 15-minute-long performance in order to become 'an artist in our own right'. In doing this, we followed the example of our mentor, Jorge Lopes Ramos, and his company. As I found the terms 'actor/deviser' and 'director/deviser' used by Oddey in her book Devising Theatre (1994) suitable for defining the roles in our group, I decided to use them accordingly in my essay. In the following I will be describing some of the elements that helped us in creating, rehearsing and performing our play, in which I took the role of the actor/deviser, playing Marie (Woyzeck's partner in Buchner's work of the same title). These key elements were the stimulus, brainstorming and discussion, interculturalism, and improvisation.The first element of our methodology was a defined stimulus. At the start of our devising process our director/deviser explained her vision of the play, giving us a skeleton to work with. In our case, the director/deviser created common ground by defini

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