Ajeet Singh – Performing Social Surface Through Discursive Space: Re-viewing the Theatrical Poetics of David Williamson


Ajeet Singh

English, BPSMV, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, India

Performing Social Surface Through Discursive Space: Re-viewing the Theatrical Poetics of David Williamson

Performance helps us to perceive ‘action’ as experience. It transforms ‘act’ into experience. The entire oeuvre of David Williamson, one of the most successful contemporary Australian playwrights, and its tremendous impact on contemporary Australian culture is the result of a dramaturgy which cannot be defined through any established paradigms of theatrical performance of present or past times. It has been structured on a unique philosophy of theatre which David Williamson conceptualized. Though, he didn’t put forth any formal theoretical statement on his craft in the form of a critical treatise, yet one may discern an aesthetic pattern of performance from his works and the conversations/interviews he has given on various occasions. Critics and scholars around the world try to explore the reasons of his extremely successful work as a theatre person by going through both the content and form of his entire oeuvre critically. The present paper is an attempt to explore the poetics of the body of a theatrical work which is quantitatively and qualitatively so vast that has created a lasting impact on the consciousness of an entire generation. The paper discusses David Williamson’s theory of theatre where it has been taken as a ‘discursive space’ to perform the patterns of social interaction. 

Dr. Ajeet Singh earned his Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and wrote his doctoral thesis on European Experimental Theatre and Ancient Indian Theatre. He has been teaching as Assistant Professor since August 2008 in the Dept. of English, BPSMV, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, India. His teaching experience ranges from undergraduate to postgraduate levels covering varied fields of literary studies like Contemporary Literary Theory, Indian Poetics, Cultural Studies and Western Literary Theory and Criticism. He has been actively involved in guiding research and other academic activities. As an academic, along with intensive teaching work, he has been doing research work in terms of publishing research articles in different research journals and presenting research papers in different national and international conferences. He has presented his research paper based on a comparative study of Indian theatreand Brazilian theatre in IFTR-2017 Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  As an invited speaker, he has also participated and presented his papers in another two important Conferences i.e. IFTR-2018 Conference in Belgrade, Serbia and LMU, Munich, Germany. Recently, participated in IFTR-2019, Shanghai, China and presented his research and chaired one of the technical sessions in the conference.