After starting a discussion on the Boring as Bat shit thread about dramaturgy I thought I'd try to start it up as it's own thread.
Without repeating all that has gone before:
As a published and performed playwright I am completely aware that my work is rarely if ever performance ready when I have finished it. I know that, I also know that obtaining outside advice is valuable but I still have issues with the attitude of some "dramaturgs" that I have met.
Just a short note because I've banged on a lot about this before but new legislation being introduced in Queensland could result in journalists being jailed for refusing to reveal their sources. This is tied onto a bill covering a number of other subjects.
A couple of posts on one of the Beauty and The Beast threads have inspired me to write this thread. Both of them relate to directors and their role in the shows we do.
First of all the should a Director be in a show. Lots of people have already said a lot on this subject on that thread but having my own view I thought I'd comment. I have to say that I think it takes a brave Director to appear in a show they are directing. You may believe you are giving a great performance but if we were really capable of doing that without direction then we wouldn't need Directors we would just put a cast together and let them get on with it. It is not clear from the comments whether or not the show in question had an AD, under those circumstances then fine but really why are you doing it? Is there really no one better than you available to do the role? If you really believe that then you maybe need to re examine your ego. I've done it once and I felt truly lost on stage when I was there. I had no control over what was happening and it made me nervous. OK there are occasions when you have to step in to replace someone but that's a special circumstance.
Well, it seems that the Adelaide Fringe rolls around again quicker and quicker every year. Here I am only six months after the end of the last fringe already registered for the 2009 Fringe with my cast ready to go and my publicity already in the middle stages of preparation.
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