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Dramawise Reimagined Launch

The DQ conference NEXT was a cracker. Three hundred delegates, inspiring keynotes, an extensive workshop program and a 40th birthday party that revived the worst of 70’s fashion. Proudly and gratefully Brad and John were overwhelmed by the warmth and early acclaim for their latest joint project, Dramawise Reimagined.

Brad Haseman, John Kotzas and John O’Toole at the Friday night launch. 

 Hosted by Currency Press and Drama Queensland, over 100 people attended the launch and were charmed by the playful John Nicholas Saunders, National President of Drama Australia (No John, though we look it, we were never contemporaries of Aristotle!).

John Nicholas Saunders, National President of Drama Australia.

John Kotzas Chief Executive, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), launched the book with great style and heartfelt flourish tracing the book’s unique Queensland provenance. Eighty participants were introduced to the book during the Saturday workshop Dramawise Reimagined: The elements of drama made familiar and strange. After discussing the revisions and updates to the original, participants romped their way through Focus (Chapter 3) built around a process drama on the theme Drugs in Sport.

Dramawise Reimagined Workshop on Saturday. 

John O’Toole leading the Dramawise Reimagined workshop at New Ground Rising

Dramawise Reimagined was part of the New Ground Rising National Drama Conference held in Perth on 10-12 February 2017. In a sneak preview of the soon to be released book John O’Toole led a practical workshop to a full studio of 25 participants. Most knew the original Dramawise, first published thirty years ago, and still stand by its original model of the elements of drama.

After setting out what’s been reimagined and completely revised (ahh… narrative is an element in the 2017 model!) participants were treated to an exploration of the element of Time as developed in a process drama called The Refugee Family Drama. People went out buzzing and the buzz continued into the final plenary session where one delegate, who was in the workshop, called the original Dramawise ‘her bible’…not to put any pressure on its new and reborn successor!