Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Baxter, Veronica en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Maedza, Pedzisai en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-02T09:58:43Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-02T09:58:43Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Maedza, P. 2013. Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6848
dc.description.abstract The use of testimonies in performance is enjoying increased artistic and critical popularity on contemporary world stages and has a long and rich tradition on South African stages. Both internationally and locally, emerging and established playwrights working on migration and refugee issues are seeking to incorporate the testimony of asylum seekers into their work. This necessitates a need to critically reflect on the influences that shape and structure the staging of testimonies. This study argues that increased migration and the mounting number arrivals of asylum seekers on South African shores, has motivated at times violent interaction between host communities and the new arrivals. These incidents have inspired a distinct trend of testimonial performances around the concept of asylum. This dissertation uses Narrative analysis to read examples of contemporary theatre of testimony plays that examine this phenomenon. The study examines how playwright positioning informs the structuring of asylum testimonies on stage in addition to contextualising the ethical and moral complexities the playwright's positionality places on their practice. Through three case studies, the study interrogates how playwright positioning informs notions of authorship, authenticity, truth, theatricality and ethics. The study further investigates the challenges speaking for 'self' and speaking for the 'other' place on testimonial playwrights. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.title Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Drama en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Maedza, P. (2013). <i>Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6848 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Maedza, Pedzisai. <i>"Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 2013. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6848 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Maedza P. Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 2013 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6848 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Maedza, Pedzisai AB - The use of testimonies in performance is enjoying increased artistic and critical popularity on contemporary world stages and has a long and rich tradition on South African stages. Both internationally and locally, emerging and established playwrights working on migration and refugee issues are seeking to incorporate the testimony of asylum seekers into their work. This necessitates a need to critically reflect on the influences that shape and structure the staging of testimonies. This study argues that increased migration and the mounting number arrivals of asylum seekers on South African shores, has motivated at times violent interaction between host communities and the new arrivals. These incidents have inspired a distinct trend of testimonial performances around the concept of asylum. This dissertation uses Narrative analysis to read examples of contemporary theatre of testimony plays that examine this phenomenon. The study examines how playwright positioning informs the structuring of asylum testimonies on stage in addition to contextualising the ethical and moral complexities the playwright's positionality places on their practice. Through three case studies, the study interrogates how playwright positioning informs notions of authorship, authenticity, truth, theatricality and ethics. The study further investigates the challenges speaking for 'self' and speaking for the 'other' place on testimonial playwrights. DA - 2013 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2013 T1 - Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum TI - Theatre of Testimony: An investigation in devising Asylum UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6848 ER - en_ZA


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