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Audience journeys through multiple stories: Adapting King Oedipus for performance

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This article explores the adapting of King Oedipus for performance through processes of improvisation, collaborative devising and physical investigation. Performed across five spaces of the newly built ATRiuM building in Cardiff, and making use of multiple character casting (five Jocastas, three Creons and three Tiresiases), this production offered participants an opportunity to experiment with voice, body, spoken text, music, song and movement as a process of adaptation and production in creating work for a contemporary audience. This article considers the place of ‘text’ within the devising process, the significance of a collective approach to theatre-making and the use of space and audience–performer relationships in the performing of this specific adaptation of King Oedipus.

Keywords: King Oedipus; collaboration; devising; journey; myth; theatre adaptation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2011

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  • Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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