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dc.contributor.advisorHalba, Hilary
dc.contributor.advisorBalodis, Janis
dc.contributor.authorBell, Kiri Frances
dc.date.available2018-04-11T01:24:55Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.citationBell, K. F. (2018). Stranger than Fiction: the creation of two short theatre of the real plays about Closed Stranger Adoption in Aotearoa (Thesis, Master of Fine Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/8006en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8006
dc.description.abstractMy MFA explores how a range of theatrical techniques can be used to stage autobiographical and biographical narratives. Using practice-led research I created and staged two theatre of the real plays: Close Stranger and Between Worlds. Both plays are solo performances where I (as the performer) play multiple roles. The subject matter of both plays is the adoption of Māori children into Pākehā families through the New Zealand government’s policy of Closed Stranger Adoption, and the subsequent themes associated with this kind of adoption. Close Stranger is a devised autobiographical play. Between Worlds is a theatre of testimony play that uses the testimony of Māori adoptees (including my own), along with historical and contemporary research data on Closed Stranger Adoption in Aotearoa. I sought to use a variety of theatrical techniques in my plays, so as to make thought provoking, engaging and entertaining theatre that has didactic underpinning. With these works, I also seek to develop my skills and understanding as a theatre artist – in particular as a playwright, devisor and performer. This exegesis is a companion document to my two plays and explains the methodological and artistic choices I made in creating them, and maps out the process of each play from concept to performance.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectTheatre of the Real
dc.subjectBicultural Theatre
dc.subjectSolo Performance
dc.subjectPractice-led Research
dc.subjectClosed Stranger Adoption Aotearoa
dc.subjectTheatre of Testimony
dc.titleStranger than Fiction: the creation of two short theatre of the real plays about Closed Stranger Adoption in Aotearoa
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-04-11T00:26:47Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineMusic, Theatre, Performing Arts
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
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