Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The dialogical nature of genuine, character-based dramatic storytelling resonates very strongly with and is illuminated by Heidegger's concept of Dasein, which posits that humans exist within a world, and that it is this very relationship between the world and the person that is significant...

When applied to stories and dramatic action, it is clear that characters also exist in a world - a story world - and to the degree that a writer, an audience and the tribe or tribes whose circumstances are being dramatised, have a stake in this world, then the relationships that exist between and among the characters, writers, audiences and tribes are significant.

A character can make no account of him/herself in isolation from the other characters (both IN and OUTSIDE the script). A character's meaning, their emotional vividness, is contingent upon the connections and disconnections enacted with the other characters. All embody in their own, individual and circumstantial ways sets of drives, needs, fears, and choices whose meaning is revealed by and through these relationships.

It is not merely the existence of the storyteller and the storyteller's ideas that inform the evolving actions and interactions within the story-world, but the matrix of interactions that are played out among the storyteller, the characters, the audience and the relevant tribe or tribes.


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