'Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project'

Graham, Fiona. 2009. 'Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project'. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2(2), pp. 209-216. ISSN 1753-5190 [Article]

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This article examines the different writing processes within a New Zealand intra-cultural community theatre project. Drawing on a practitioner perspec- tive I explore how marginalized minority community groups were able to write their own stories and discover a collective identity. In analysing this process I develop the metaphor of the midwife to conceptualize and theorize the role of the dramaturge. I use this case study to interrogate Barthes’s notion (1977) of the ‘death of the author’ and Bhabha’s argument (1994) about how some forms of multiculturalism can lead to political empowerment. In conclusion, I suggest that this multi-authored community project exemplifies the kind of empowerment that Bhabha describes.

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writing process, dramaturge as midwife, community theatre, metaphor and empowerment

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)



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09 Mar 2016 13:24

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29 Apr 2020 16:58

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