Was pointed towards this newsletter from last week from the VC's office at Curtin.
Not sure if everyone out there had heard about it yet...
Seems to be good news in the long term at least...
As staff will be aware, last year Humanities conducted a review of the Performance Studies program. That review has been completed and recommendations to make the course more viable have been implemented. These changes allow the course to continue at Curtin.
There has also been progress in resolving the issue around housing the performances produced through Performance Studies. Hayman Theatre was not originally built to accommodate performances - it was originally Hayman Hall which was altered for use as a performance space some years ago in what was intended to be a temporary arrangement.
A new, purpose-built facility which can be used for teaching, performance and cinema will be built and will be completed in late 2009. The University will also restore the current theatre to a flat floor space for teaching and other purposes and this work is expected to be completed by the start of 2008. Until the new space is ready, performances will remain off campus although the upstairs theatre is being renovated for student lunch time shows. The University will be investing $5 million in these projects.
This outcome will give the University additional teaching space, enable performances to once again be held on campus and provide the added bonus of enabling movie screenings to be held for students and other members of the community.
A play rehearsal is interrupted by the arrival of a divided family who have been abandoned by their creator and are seeking an author, ‘any author’, to give them a ‘definitive artistic form’ so their stories may be staged. While the first performance of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author to a Rome audience in May 1921 was almost booed off the stage it has gone on to have many successful seasons and is still a major part of the theatrical repertoire. The play, in part, is Pirandello’s attack on the Italian theatre of the time, with its actor-managers and star-systems, its stock characterisations, and its standard repertoire of romantic melodramas. However, it is a play on many levels. It raises questions about the nature of reality, of what constitutes identity, and how we can gauge what is truth. On another level it is a hysterical romantic melodrama about a warring family who live out their emotions on the skin. And, it is also a deeply tragic revenge narrative – a tale of betrayal, adultery, suicide and death. Students enrolled in theatre studies at UWA present this very physical, at times comedic, and often provocatively philosophical play, virtually uncut and unlike many productions we choose not to attempt to modernise it into the contemporary world of electronic media.