Slippage and disorientation in 'The Master and the Margarita'

Purcell-Gates, L (2009) Slippage and disorientation in 'The Master and the Margarita'. In: Theatre Noise Conference, 22-24 April 2009, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, London, UK.

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Gates's site-specific adaptation of The Master and Margarita took its audiences moving through an imagistic and aural landscape, a spatial mapping that contributed to the evocation of themes central to Bulgakov’s novel including paranoia, and the slippage between sanity and insanity. Gates is interested in this moment of slippage, of disorientation; the moment when the theatre artist, loses moorings to the familiar. Within traditionally-structured play-creation processes, unexpected events are positioned as noise, as static, existing in the gaps between moments that map themselves onto a pre-established, teleological terrain of intentionality. Noise can only exist as (meaningful) sound; on the periphery is static, pushed out of conscious awareness. What happens when as theatre artists we listen to the static, when we allow these ruptures in intention to inform artistic practice? I engage with these issues by moving through the rehearsal process of The Master and Margarita encountering the moments when static was foregrounded, asking what discourses and practices made these moments possible.

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