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Alana Valentine has carved a career bringing other people’s lives to the stage. Often labelled a verbatim playwright, Alana has consistently pushed the boundaries of the form to find deeper truths and create what she describes as ‘close work theatre’. In Bowerbird she brings her know-how to the page combining stories from her life with observations from her experience.
She talks about the hunger that drives artists, the importance of listening, the way to develop and sustain relationships with a particular community, different interview techniques, as well as how to navigate the path between artistic integrity and community relationships. She shares moments from her life and reflects on how they underpin her plays and her writing process.
Bowerbird is a book full of insights that you will find yourself quoting in surprising contexts and casual conversations.
Bowerbird is written with all the humanity, wisdom, humour and generosity that we recognise and love in Alana Valentines work. This is much more than a guide for aspiring writers: this is a book for anyone who loves theatre, its power and its people. -- Neil Armfield AO
ISBN: 9781925005677 ISBN-10: 1925005674 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 248 Published: 1st March 2018 Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.7
Weight (kg): 0.31