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A Traveling Script: Labour Migration, Precarity and Performance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Caleb Johnston



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Abstract In 2014, we began working with Migrante International to bring our testimonial theatre play – Nanay – to the Philippines. We reflect upon a transcultural, decolonizing creative process that knocked us off script as we collectively improvised our way toward a community performance in which we looked to embed and resituate the play and issues within the context of the Philippines. We think through the possibility and friction of working across geopolitical histories, geographies of uneven development, different aesthetic forms, and within the conditions of intense precarity.

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Author(s): Pratt G, Johnston C, Banta V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Drama Review

Year: 2017

Volume: 61

Issue: 2

Pages: 48-70

Print publication date: 01/06/2017

Online publication date: 30/05/2017

Acceptance date: 02/01/2017

Date deposited: 16/06/2017

ISSN (print): 1054-2043

ISSN (electronic): 1531-4715

Publisher: MIT Press


DOI: 10.1162/DRAM_a_00647


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