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 Arazny (Facilitator & Documenter)
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 engages young people in contemporary social issues. Tegan has also collaborated and performed with award-winning theatre company PuppetSoup to deliver puppetry workshops and tour their new bilingual show, ‘Arthur the Bear King’, to rural and socially deprived areas of Wales. Tegan is currently working with The Blue Datto Foundation as a Project Coordinator to expand and develop their interactive road safety education program to young people and communities throughout New South Wales, Australia.