13 May 2015 / Events

Observing the creative process: directors and actors in rehearsal

Presented by Professor Gay McAuley (Honorary Professor, University of Sydney)

Rehearsal is popularly assumed to have been part of theatre practice for as long as the theatre has existed. But in fact rehearsal, as we now know it, is substantially an invention of the 20th century, inextricably bound up with the emergence of the role of the director. Traditionally closed to outsiders, relatively little has so far been written about the rehearsal process by theatre studies scholars.

How does one gain access to this closed world? How does one begin to analyse rehearsal? What does the creative process reveal about the work of art that is created? What can contemporary rehearsal practice reveal about group creativity? Drawing on many years of research and collaboration between academics and practitioners at the University of Sydney, Prof McAuley will discuss practical, methodological, ethical and conceptual issues involved in this developing field of study.

This annual lecture is presented to recognize Professor Glynne Wickham’s service to the Society for Theatre Research and his contribution to theatre studies in Bristol and world-wide


13 May 2015




The Wickham Theatre, Vandyck Building, Cantocks Close, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UP