Which Way Is Up? An Experimental Performance

By Delyse Ryan and Catherine Anne Heffernan.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Education

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Experimentation with style and form in theatre production has long been within the purview of performances generated within educational institutions. Enabling students to explore the rich possibilities and the dynamic performance potential of classic texts in a contemporary culture is one of the fundamental aims of many teacher and artists within the academy. As co-directors of This Way Up (2011), our aim was to bring our separate cohorts of students into a common rehearsal room where they could explore the important social issues addressed in the play in a way that was informed by the newly created community of actors. Using post-modern performance techniques, the students explored the issues which were most relevant to them.

Keywords: Applied Theater, Postmodern Performance, Drama Pedagogy

The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.27-37. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 445.526KB).

Dr. Delyse Ryan

Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Catherine Anne Heffernan

Lifecycle Project Officer, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Catherine is a Project Officer focused on student engagement and retention. Her work includes identifying students at risk and working with the academic team to implement strategies which will enable student success. Her teaching background has been in Drama, especially Theatre for Young People. In this context, she has collaborated with Dr Delyse Ryan on integrated performances which build capability and capacity in students preparing to enter university.