Devised Theatre as Praxis

Fryer, Nic (2013) Devised Theatre as Praxis. In: Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA), 4 - 6 September 2013, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Renfrew St. Campus, Glasgow.

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First paragraph: For Aristotle, human activity could be divided into three aspects: praxis (used to describe action in itself), poiesis (translated as production) and theoria (translated as thinking, or contemplation).1 Aristotle’s initial separation of practice into poiesis and praxis is significant for this paper, since it suggests a separation between action that is rooted in an intended end point (what might be termed production), and action that is activity for its own sake: in his words, “good action itself is its end”.2 His own prioritisation is evident when he states “Life is action [praxis] and not production [poiesis]”.3 Indeed, according to Smith, for Aristotle “praxis is guided by a moral disposition to act truly and rightly; a concern to further human well being and the good life”.4 This is because it cannot be compromised by the needs of production; rather, it has no intention other than to be true to itself.

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