THTRFLM 1T03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Heterosexuality

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Lecture Fourteen
Devised Theatre and Cloud Nine
Cloud Nine (1978)
. An early example of Devised Theatre
. Script is collaborative and usually improvised
. The product of a workshop on gender and colonialism
. 3 weeks workshop
. 12 weeks writing
. 6 weeks rehearsal
Cultural Context: Colonial English
. The British Empire- “The sun never sets”
. Because they have so many colonies
. Ruled by men
. They are also white
. And straight, in principle
. Family structure is the nucleus of social structure
1967: Sexual Revolution
. Play written 12 years after the “Summer of Love” (1967)
. Implied question behind the play:
. Has the sexual revolution really liberated men and women in England?
Core Objectives of the Play:
. Indicate ongoing role of colonial ideologies in shaping identity practices
. To destabilize expectations about social construct:
. Gender identity
. Sexual identity
. Racial identity
Key Ideas
. Gender is not the same as biological sex
. Heterosexuality is not the ‘natural’ consequence of biological sex
. Gender is not the same thing as biological sex (learned thing)
Gender, Ethnicity and Story
. Stories construct gender and racial identities
. Gender and ethnicity are a kind of performance
. Not the way we are intrinsically
. But the way we perform in the world
. Stories are one of the chief ways we learn the ‘correct’ way to perform
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