Offending the playwright: directors’ theatre and the 'Werktreue' debate

Barnett, David (2013) Offending the playwright: directors’ theatre and the 'Werktreue' debate. In: Cheesman, Tom (ed.) German text crimes: writers accused, from the 1950s to the 2000s. German Monitor (77). Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 75-97. ISBN 9789042036901

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the relationship between text and performance through the lens of ‘Werktreue’, which broadly translates as ‘faithfulness to the play’. ‘Werktreue’ emerges as an intellectually contradictory term which has little basis in the practical business of theatrical production. Theresia Walser and Rolf Hochhuth are used as case studies to examine what offended playwrights might tell us about ‘Werktreue’ in the real world of the theatre before ethical and legal questions are addressed. The chapter concludes that there is no solution to the aporias at the centre of the realisation process and that playwrights may simply have to accept this condition.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature > PT0001 German literature > PT1501 Individual authors or works
Depositing User: David Barnett
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 08:54
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2013 15:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45514

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