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Something to glance off: Writing Space

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This article describes the first Writing Space project, held in the Department of Performing Arts, University of Winchester. The purpose of this project was to test a structure that would engage diverse writers in an inclusive, non-hierarchical conceptual dialogue, leading to the production of a series of short, experimental texts. The article considers the relationships produced between participating writers/artists and performers, as well as the dialogues that took place within and between the performed texts themselves. The article is presented as a series of linked speculations about the range of relationships taking place between texts, writers and performances. Commenting on some of the more conventional thinking within the UK theatre, I argue that greater awareness or interest in the collaborative and dialogic element within theatre and performance writing practices could lead to a transformation of dramaturgical strategies among and between writers and other artists.

Keywords: dialogue; dramaturgy; performance; playwriting; theatre

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.2.2.217/1

Affiliations: University of Winchester.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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