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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Language Fails - A Staged Reading

Language is used both by individuals and by institutions of power, to manipulate, control and deceive. Furthermore, the reliance on language to express thoughts, ideas and feelings, without a full and thorough understanding of its power, is destructive. Is language used to manipulate ‘truth’? How much does perception affect language and vice versa? Are literature and theatre touching on these important issues? And if so, how? What can be done to increase awareness to how language is used, especially through dramatic writing and theatre? 'Language Fails' is a play that poses these questions and explores possible answers in the combined styles of Anti-realism and Absurdism. While challenging conventional types of storytelling, and usage of language and space, 'Language Fails' attempts to raise awareness to the power of language through theatre.

Presenter: Michael Herman (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Theatre
Location: Black Box Theatre, Tower
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)