The Echo Chamber: Dramaturgy and different kinds of text

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Peader’s hands, working with action and space.

The past few days in rehearsal I’ve been very aware of the different kinds of dramaturgy and the different kinds of text involved in making a collaborative piece.

We have a series of structures (or ‘scenes’) and we have begun to explore possible sequences and orders for The Echo Chamber. We are all working on the same structure, but with different modes of engagement. I’m struck by how each of us, with pens and scripts and books, are notating, exploring, working something out, or remembering.

Ian and Phillip make extensive notes which I assume are about their cues, movement, inner and physical scores; Ace, our designer and lighting designer, is drawing diagrams and thinking (I assume) in light and shade; Peader is drawing boxes, identifying how the space is used and activated during a sequence of structures; and I’m commenting on individual lines as they are voiced, thinking about the tempo-rhythm and flow of a sequence, and also thinking about the dramaturgy of the whole.

For a moment in the rehearsal room there is no noise but the scratch of pen on page. I almost laugh. And to think I thought I was the writer…

One response to “The Echo Chamber: Dramaturgy and different kinds of text

  1. KAITE IT SEEMS TO ME THAT AS WE WRITE WE ARE TO SOME DEGREE LIMITED AND SO WHEN THE WRITTEN WORK IS HANDED TO ACTOR OR ACTRESS, PRODUCER OR DIRECTOR ETC… THE WORDS BEGIN TO LIVE
    AS IF THE WRITER TAKES ON THE GESTATION PERIOD AND THE HAND OVER IS THE BIRTH WITH THE REST BEING FACETS OF LIFE….
    annie

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