How to Act

Eatough, G. (2017) How to Act. [Performance]

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How to Act is a practice as research project in the form of a play for two actors written and directed by Graham Eatough and commissioned, developed and produced by National Theatre of Scotland. It was developed as part of Graham’s research into different modes of dramaturgical practice and in response to the following research questions: 1. Is it possible to create a contemporary drama around some of the defining forms and principles of Greek tragedy as identified by Heidegger and Hegel – specifically the idea of suffering into knowledge and the staging of two irreconcilable claims to truth respectively – and interpreted by contemporary thinkers such as Critchley and Eagleton? 2. In what ways might these Greek tragic forms and principles enable an examination of recent geopolitical ‘tragedies’ of the west’s relationship with resource rich developing nations. 3. How might this examination complicate a liberal consensus around universal values in the west and specifically the attitudes of European theatre makers such as Brook and Grotowski towards an essentialist and universal theatre language as manifested through their relationship with other cultures.

Item Type:Performance
Performance Type:Drama
Audience Size:500+
Additional Information:Index of documentation: <br></br> <br>• Published playtext - How To Act (Oberon Books, ISBN 9781786822772)</br> <br>• National Theatre of Scotland Interpretation Pack -</br> <br>• Reviews of the Edinburgh Festival presentation</br> <br>• Production photographs</br>
Keywords:Practice as research, play, tragedy, tragedy and the contemporary, National Theatre of Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eatough, Dr Graham
Authors: Eatough, G.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
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