Alexandra Lodge: Script-Down Script Development: Deaf Gain and Physical Dramaturgy in Aotearoa

The creative practice of Takitoru Dramaturgy

This paper will discuss the development of my creative practice of Takitoru Dramaturgy. The practice originated in my doctoral research: the development of a trilingual play script for Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language and NZ English. In making accessibility the focus of my workshopping process, I experimented with various kinaesthetic practices for dramaturgical development. This paper will analyse the exchange of creative practices between Deaf Theatre and Decolonising Theatre, as well as discussing the Aotearoa-specific nature of this hybrid form.

Alex Lodge is a performer, writer and junior academic. She is a co-founder and co-writer for the feminist company, whose newest work Modern Girls in Bed is premiering at Wellington’s Circa Theatre in September 2018. Her adaptation of the Pania-on-theReef legend, Sing to Me, was shortlisted for the 2017 Playmarket Adam Play Award. She was one of the first recipients of Eleanor Catton’s Horoeka Reading Grant in 2015. Alex is a doctoral candidate, researching the theory and practice of scriptwriting for Te Reo Māori, New Zealand Sign Language and Te Reo Pākehā. She has supervision from the University of Waikato’s English Programme and the Theatre Programme from Victoria University of Wellington. She is represented by Playmarket.

Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that promotes Young People’s expression and engagement through Puppetry and Theatre practices. As well as collaborating and performing with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc and Welsh theatre company PuppetSoup, she has co-directed and worked alongside Shop Front Arts Co-Op Junior Ensemble of 8-14-year old’s to create the original devised production, The Unknown. Tegan is currently working as Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘School Drama’. This is a Teachers Professional Development Program designed to improve teaching and learning by modelling the use of drama-based strategies with quality children's literature.