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Working Forensically: Collaborative Directing in Contemporary Theatre

Year: 2012, 50 mins
Code: RMU-Working
ISBN: 978-1-922007-45-2

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A discussion between Richard Murphet (Director/Writer) and Leisa Shelton (Director/Performer) about their years of collaboration in directing, during which they have produced 5 new theatre works. The discussion makes a clear distinction between collaboration and group devising, and outlines 4 modes of collaboration that the two artists have undertaken in their working process.

The works produced over a period from the late 90s to 2006 have lent themselves to collaboration because of the focus of their content upon the multiple perspectives of social and personal identity; and this in turn has allowed a team of artists from a range of disciplines to input creatively into the making of the work. The discussion is interwoven throughout with live footage from the works, illustrating clearly both the making processes and the stimulating performances that have emerged from this unique binocular approach to directing.


Richard Murphet has been engaged in writing and directing contemporary forms of theatre for the past 3 decades. His plays include Quick Death, Slow Love, Dolores and the Department Store, The Inhabited Woman (with Leisa Shelton) and The Inhabited Man. His plays have received productions throughout Australia and internationally. Murphet has also directed theatre in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Toronto, New York, Utrecht and Ghent. Murphet is an Honorary Lecturer in Performing Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. He was Head of Drama at the VCA (2007-2009), Head of Postgraduate Studies at the VCA (1996 – 2006), a member of the Australian Performing Group (1975 - 81) and the Artistic Director of the Mill Theatre Company (1985-87).

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