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Pinchbeck, MD., 2012.

Mirror, signal, manoeuvre: reflections on the role of the dramaturg in contemporary performance

Output Type:Conference paper
Publication:'You May!' Symposium

Using metaphors to capture the subtle interplay of strategies involved, this presentation seeks to explore different definitions of the role of the dramaturg in circulation. I attempt an analysis of analogies, approaching the role from different perspectives, and explore the role through the metaphor of Mirror Signal Manoeuvre. I ask how the role of the contemporary outside eye is evolving through practice as research and interviews with practitioners. I intersperse critical analysis with creative reflections on my own work as a dramaturg and outside eye. I attempt to determine the value of the role to a context that has only recently embraced its catalysing potential.