Homo Fuge: Developing the Physio-Vocal Concept of Voice Theatre Lab’s Dr Faustus

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This paper, written by Voice Theatre Lab’s director Robert Lewis and core company member and performer Dr Andrew Peek, discusses the techniques and methods used during the rehearsal process of the physically and vocally demanding exploratory adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's 'Dr Faustus'. The ideas and concepts will be discussed which will lead the way to Voice Theatre Lab’s adaptation of Seneca’s 'Oedipus'. 'Dr Faustus' was a result of experiments that took place during Voice Theatre Lab’s training sessions from 2006 to 2007, and was inspired by an eclectic range of Oriental and Occidental performance practices and techniques. The paper will give an opportunity to review what was involved in (i) the choice of text for the 'experiments' (ii) theory and practice which was employed in redrafting Marlowe's text before rehearsals (iii) incorporation of previous work done by the cast in preparing for the final performance. This will lead for more questions which are to be examined in the original adaptation of 'Oedipus', and how the rigorous methods will be implemented. This form therefore makes way for a cross-cultural, sonorous form of performance revealing the voice from the inner world of the performer.

Keywords: Theatre, Voice, Body, Performance, Experimental
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr Robert Lewis

Lecturer in Theatre (Voice), Director, Voice Theatre Lab, Academy of the Arts, School of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Tasmania
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Robert Lewis is a Lecturer in Theatre specialising in Voice at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia. As well as teaching Voice at the Academy, Robert directs theatre productions and is Director of the Voice Theatre Lab which staged three major works ('White Dark', 'Dr Faustus' and '5') since its inception in 2006.

Dr. Peek Andrew

Research Associate, SEJL, University of Tasmania
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Andrew Peek was formerly a senior lecturer in the School of English, Journalism and European Languages, where he taught Creative Writing, English and Post-colonial Literature. He has published widely in all three areas, most recently on the cultural history of reading in the South Pacific, with Greenwood Press, in the US. He has reviewed for the national press and broadcaster in Australia on a wide range of topics and edited essay collections on post-colonial African and Pacific literatures. In 2006, he held a writing residency at the University of the South Pacific (Suva) and his collection of poems, The Calabar Transcript, was published in 2003 by Five Islands Press. He also directed for radio and acted in productions at University of Cambridge, with the University of Ife Theatre Company (throughout southern Nigeria) and most recently, with Voice Theatre Lab, at the Centre for Performing Arts, Inveresk Campus, UTas. He has a BA and PGCE from Cambridge University, a Ph D (on D. H. Lawrence) from Sheffield University and a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong. He has also taught at Sheffield University (UK), University of Ife, Nigeria, and University of New England, NSW. He is currently a Research Associate at SEJL at UTas.

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