An exploration of the contemporary use of cross-gender casting in Sarah Daniels's The gut girls: a practice-as-research project

Underwood, Natasha (2015) An exploration of the contemporary use of cross-gender casting in Sarah Daniels's The gut girls: a practice-as-research project. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The representation of female gender on the modern theatre differs in accordance with the style of the show and its context. With discussions surrounding gender continuously at the forefront of cultural debate, the aim of this dissertation is to research into the contemporary portrayal of the female gender on the modem British stage; to interrogate whether cross-gender casting in performance offers a challenge to preconceived ideas towards gender. Through contextual research, the current use of cross-gender casting and the impact the 1980s had on the economy of British theatre, particularly its female playwrights is explored and applied to Sarah Daniels's The Gut Girls (1988). A rare play with the majority of its characters female, all of whom are subject to the oppression of a patriarchal system this play forms as the focal case study for this research project Taking influence from the contextual research, an original practice-as-research workshop as orchestrated to practically explore the performance of such well-established female characters with a male body. Based on the text from Daniels's play the participants were, invited to share their own views on gender and apply their own assumptions of gender to female characters. The data collected throughout this research project revealed a direct challenge to preconceived ideas of gender to be problematic due to historical and contemporary associations with cross-gender casting and the portrayal of female gender within the theatrical sphere.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 14:32
    Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 14:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22795

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