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    Ilter, Seda Yazar. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Yazar is a Turkish translation and adaptation of Tim Crouch’s play The Author (Royal Court, 2009).which asked how a contemporary British play, about violence and spectatorship could be translated in language and adapted in form for the Turkish stage; Wwat would this process reveal about cultures of violence and censorship shaping both Turkey and the UK?. The research process was guided by sustained collaboration with Crouch and Turkish theatre makers and tested the possibilities and limitations of our experiment in cultural translation, in light of different artistic traditions, cultural conventions and political climates. In particular, the project worked to balance the challenging experimentalism of Crouch’s play, which pivots around an unshown but verbally referenced instance of sexual abuse, with the strictures of Turkish theatre, whilst also addressing more local and timely instances of political violence. For example, rehearsals were informed by Turkish journalists’ support for the magazine Charlie Hebdo, ISIS activity and the Syrian migrant crisis. In fact, the impact of the Gezi Park protests (2013) was ultimately included in the final text. The deep, lengthy inquiry of making and staging of the work, across a number of cultural contexts, yielded numerous original insights into the practices and politics of writing and staging violence: how the violence of a specific culture shapes theatrical form; how the ethical demands and political stakes of making and viewing violence in theatre vary in different cultures; how censorship operates at both governmental and individual levels. Ilter also found that in Turkey self-censorship was a constant concern, as theatre makers and audiences balanced their hunger for critical discussion and artistic and socio-political change with the risks of governmental intervention.


    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: Seda Ilter, dir. and trans., Yazar, Talimhane Theatre, Istanbul, Turkey (January 2015 - 2016), and Theater an der Ruhr, Müllheim, Germany (20 November 2015).
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 11:48
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:49


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