Zoë Svendsen is running a series of workshops with a small group of directors at the Young Vic, and writers at the Royal Court as part of the research and development for her upcoming book Theatre & Dramaturgy.
Zoë is continuing her thinking on theatre and dramaturgy and in this phase of her research is drawing on experimental psychology. She believes that dramaturgy is the scaffolding of composition that structures our attention in the theatre, that is, it structures how we attend, and to what, over what duration.
The focus will be on Western dramaturgies, but care will be taken throughout to make it clear that this is not dramaturgically ‘natural’, but rather specific to the structural formation of power.
The aim is to share an in-depth understanding of different kinds of dramaturgical structures of plays – and their politics (deliberate or accidental). These workshops will be discussion-based and will explore these themes:
Workshop 1: What is dramaturgy? Dramaturgies of entertainment
Workshop 2: The ‘fourth wall’: dramatic realism and ‘art’ in the theatre
Workshop 3: Political theatres/ Dramaturgies of the post-dramatic and participatory
Workshop 4: Dramaturgy & Greek theatre / dramaturgy & Renaissance theatre
Workshop 5: Dramaturgy & power
Workshop 6: Dramaturgy & economy
Workshop 7: Dramaturgy & climate change
Theatre & Dramaturgy by Zoë Svendsen will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.