WP89 Spoken language and doing drama.
Drama rehearsals are a complex interactive process. They rely heavily on the spoken communication between the participants (such as actors and directors), no matter how much gesture and movement is involved. Drama is often thought of only in terms of performance, rather than as a creative communication process that can go on for several weeks before reaching its final stage. In spite of all the research and analysis dedicated to drama, linguistic-communicative research has never before been carried out on theatre practice and its authentic discourse, which constitute part of the everyday working process for theatre practitioners the world over. This paper focuses on the approach and general method I have developed (spoken artistic discourse analysis or rehearsal analysis) for investigating rehearsals as artistic collaborative communicative working processes.