Holmesglen TAFE: Industry Overview
Writing for the Theatre - Week Thirteen Journal
Speaker: Ray Mooney
Ray Mooney (hereinafter referred to as Ray) said that anything you have written can be transformed into a play. Ray will tonight take us through theatre in Victoria.
Theatre is anything performed for a live audience – perform for the stage.
Theatre in Melbourne
Melbourne Theatre Company and Playbox (two biggest subsidised theatres in Melbourne)
Melbourne Theatre Company
Professional – Not Amateur
Sometimes get subsidised
Tertiary: Universities and TAFE
Deakin – Phoenix Theatre
Monash – Alexander Theatre
School System – VCE and HSC level. Teach a subject: Drama and Theatre. Theatre made its way into school system. Drama, dancing and choreography lessons. With T.V. parents pushed their children into professions of theatre, ie, Times have changed.
Thirty years ago 3% of population had been to the theatre
At present 90-95% of people or students in school systems have been to the theatre.
Theatre in Australia has moved towards the Comedy format.
Melbourne has a big Network of Amateur and Youth Theatre, and Children’s Theatre.
Kids doing stuff in open
1960s – Anti Vietnam Movement
Theatre here on the street
Styles of Theatre:
Pantomime – over the top
Melodrama – Villain was black, hero dressed in white – beautiful women tied to train lines
Classical Theatre – Bell Shakespeare Company
Tragic/Tragedy Theatre – hero meet a tragic end
Writing for Theatre:
Not always about talking
eg. Mime or Puppetry, Magic illusion, Choreography, sound and lighting effects
Off Stage – characters, Props are used.
Theatre is visual –you see it
Even lighting is another character.
Costumes are important and some people are covered in tattoos – what jewellery do people wear?
Secondly when writing for theatre.
(i) You must read scripts for plays that work.
(ii) Get involved in some way – very hard to write closed in a room
Today in theatre you must network your work.
Get involved, meet and work with theatre people.
Co-operative Basis – get together, learn with others new skills and writing and learn to love what you do. All writing is judged on its weak moments. Including yours – Evan!