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Not Magic but Work
Author: Gay McAuley

ISBN: 9780719099311
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16 June 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.4
This book is a detailed description of the intensive work process involved in the making of Toy Symphony, a new play by Michael Gow, directed by Neil Armfield and brought to the stage for the first time in December 2007 by Company B at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney. Drawing on many years of pioneering research into the nature of contemporary rehearsal practice, Gay McAuley rejects simplistic notions of playwright or director as 'auteur'. Her account makes possible a more nuanced understanding of the real artistry involved in what it is that the director does and what the playwright contributes to the process, as well as facilitating a deeper appreciation of the profoundly collaborative nature of theatrical creation.

The book is in two parts. The first describes the work process and the complex relations between participants noted by McAuley during her intensive observation of the rehearsal period and intermittent presence throughout the run of the production. Heavily indebted to contemporary ethnographic practice, this description is concerned not only with the aesthetic choices involved in the creation of a work of art but also with the institutional, s...

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