Kornélia Deres (HU) - Whose story and why? Documentary theatre and its protagonists.
My claim is that Hungarian theatre found two main reasons for using documentary forms: the first is the reinforcement and reflection of national cultural tradition (such as Örkény Theatre’s Nyugat 2008-1908 and Katona József Theatre’s Notóriusok); the second is the reflection on contemporary social problems (for instance PanoDrama’s Word for word, news-theatre and some projects of Krétakör). I will discuss these various reasons in connection with the role of memory (social, national, cultural, personal), media (framing techniques, legitimate narratives), written and oral documents. Furthermore, when examining the protagonists of documentary theatre, the aspect of who is talking about their stories to what audience should be taken into consideration as well. Since it is a shared discourse accepted by a community that defines reality, the basis of documentary forms.