Gender and race in Australian theatre - Year 11 project
Topic for research: Date 18 July P1 and 2
That Australian Theatre does not reflect a gender balance or an accurate representation of the cultural and racial make-up of this country in its programming and casting of plays.
You will need to find out about their current programming and staffing( directors and other creative roles on productions) as well as who is cast in their season for 2016.
You may also want to look at previous years to see if things are changing. Most of these companies have a website and you can investigate through there.
You may also look up articles in the press and reviews in the major newspapers.
Companies to research:
Writing about Australian Theatre
Books in our library
Think about the process you will need to follow in order, for example, the following aspects:
- Note taking
- Organise your points and materials in a logical and clear presentation
- Develop a position on the statement/topic/.
- Speak to this for at least 5 minutes in the seminar.
- List the repertoire for the company
- Know what these plays are about, culturally and contextually (in brief)
- Get lists of casts for the season and find out about them as actors.
- Find out who are the creative teams on the productions.
This is a challenge and should be informative and create a strong discussion.
There are roles we can take on to make the discussion more effective and enlightening
Black Swan - example
For example, under 2009, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. This is a stage adaptation of her own best-selling, award-winning memoir is a chronicle of the year she spent imagining her husband's return after she witnessed him die suddenly of a heart attack. It is a one-woman play with music by Iain Graindage.
The 'cast and creatives' section informs us of the gender of people involved.
Cast & Creatives
Starring: Helen Morse
Musician: Iain Grandage Musician on Tour: Melanie Robinson
Director: Kate Cherry
Set & Costume Designer: Christina Smith Lighting Designer: Matt Scott Composer: Iain Grandage Associate Director: Paul English
La Boite Theatre Company - example
Read their reviews.