Destinations

by David Megarrity HARDCOPY COLLECTION

My work as a teacher of drama often required me to locate a script that would somehow miraculously work for a cast of unknown number and gender, and most likely uneven skills and enthusiasm, who I hadn’t even met yet.” — David Megarrity

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Description

Please Be Seated This is a performance that knows it’s a performance. Collaboratively devised, drawing on verbatim, movement and music, Please be Seated tracks romantic relationships from reflections on the experience of elders, through childhood, into adolescence, then into the turbulent process of falling in and out of love: something that nobody can teach you how to do. It’s open-ended and messy. Lifelike. Like life. Take a seat. Let’s talk about love.

Australian Drama The drama class is about to start, and that’s not the only thing that’s beginning. These young people love Drama. So does their teacher, but not quite as much as he loves himself. He throws scraps of scripts at them. Fragments of Australian Drama. They all face unusual characters, unfamiliar settings, and blurry motivations as they try to find themselves in the work. Before they can connect with the script they must connect with one another, but how can they possibly make their scene work when they’re so busy working the scene? Australian Drama playfully plays with the playing of plays.

Duty Free Combining monologue with blog, the spoken word with the social networking update, Duty Free explores the overseas adventures that fill some people’s ‘gap year’. The itinerary is not inclusive of a three-act structure, a hero’s journey, or blinding and timely revelations where it all makes sense. Monologue-based, with interludes of music and movement, it’s a quiet, concentrated, intimate show that travels through identity formation in both lived and described experience. Off on a journey to find yourself? Bon Voyage. There you are.

History

Please Be Seated: A workshop version of this work was first devised and performed in May 2011 at QUT by Courtney Ammenhauser, Zoe Cobon, Virginia Difrancesco, Laura Duncan, Tahlia Holt, Renee Hunt, Sam Sheldon, Ella Livsey, Christene McPhee, Rebecca Robertson, Hannah Sutherland, Stephanie Tandy and Amy Wilkosz, all 2nd Year Students of the BFA (Drama) at QUT Creative Industries, facilitated by David Megarrity. This version is redrafted by David Megarrity, with permission.

Australian Drama: Australian Drama was first performed under the title Lines Down on Friday 7th November 2008 at The Studio, QUT Creative Industries.

Duty Free: Duty Free (Part 1) was first performed on Tuesday 9th November, 2010 In Studio L202, Kelvin Grove, Queensland University of Technology.

ISBN: 978 1 921390 93 7

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