Digging up the Dead: Unearthing hidden stories about the deceased

Lyall-Watson, Katherine (2010) Digging up the Dead: Unearthing hidden stories about the deceased. Double Dialogues, 12: .

Author Lyall-Watson, Katherine
Title Digging up the Dead: Unearthing hidden stories about the deceased
Journal name Double Dialogues
ISSN 1447-9591
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 12
Total pages 10
Publisher Double Dialogues
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Representing someone biographically changes depending on the medium. While non-fiction demands accuracy and verification of facts, theatre seems to encourage storytelling and fantastical representations. This paper looks at the differing expectations audiences have of theatre compared to the expectations readers have of books. It also contrasts cases where writers have been punished for lying in their memoirs while playwrights have been able to invent huge parts of their historical and biographical plays.

The paper looks at the issues involved in writing plays about real people and discusses what happens when you find a hidden story and reinvent it; taking liberties with time and space to put characters together on stage who were never together in real life. What ethical dilemmas are involved in working this way and mixing truth and fiction? Should a hidden story remain hidden or does the truth deserve to be told?
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
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