Verbatim Theatre Methodologies for Community Engaged Practice: Perspectives From Australian Theatre

Sarah Peters, David Burton

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Verbatim Theatre Methodologies for Community-Engaged Practice offers a framework for developing original community-engaged productions using a range of verbatim theatre approaches.

This book's methodologies offer an approach to community-engaged productions that fosters collaborative artistry, ethically nuanced practice, and social intentionality. Through research-based discussion, case study analysis, and exercises, it provides a historical context for verbatim theatre; outlines the ethics and methods for community immersion that form the foundation of community-engaged best practice; explores the value of interviews and how to go about them; provides clear pathways for translating gathered data into an artistic product; and offers rehearsal room strategies for playwrights, producers, directors, and actors in managing the specific context of the verbatim theatre form.

Based on diverse, real-world practice that spans regional, metropolitan, large-scale, micro, independent, commercial, and curriculum-based work, this is a practical and accessible guide for undergraduates, artists, and researchers alike.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon, UK.
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages203
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-15570-6
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-72640-9, 978-0-367-72639-3
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Australian theatre
  • Community engagement
  • Collaborative artistry


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