Fiona Graham

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Email f.graham (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 2500
Fiona Graham

Dr Fiona Graham is Programme Director for the MA Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College.  She also teaches the Devising option for Theatre Making Level 3. Fiona worked for twenty years in British theatre as an actor, director and writer before moving to Auckland for eleven years in 2004. She was then employed as a freelance dramaturge and performance writer while teaching at Auckland University. Her theatre commissions include Passage (The Herald Theatre, Auckland 2010), Breaking China (which toured Britain with Theatre Centre in 2002 and played Singapore’s International Festival in 2004) and Sightings (which was written for Auckland’s Massive Theatre Company in 2018). Most recently she has worked as dramaturge with Otago University and Talking House Theatre Company on Be/Longing and Hush (verbatim theatre), with Red Leap Theatre Company on Paper Sky and Sea (physical theatre),with playwright Mei-Lin Hansen on The Mooncake And The Kumara, with Winning Productions on I Wanna Be --- Ponsonby (ambulatory performance) and Carol Brown on 1000 Lovers and the Pah Collective (site-specific performances). Her book Performing Dramaturgy was published by Playmarket in 2017.

Presentations and exhibitions

Fiona returned to Auckland in March 2015 to work on two shows for Auckland Festival;

For two years she worked with the writer Mei-Lin Hansen to develop the Mooncake And The Kumara. The play explores first relationships between the Maori and Chinese communities in New Zealand. 

PAH is a multimedia site-specific collaboration between the choreographer Carol Brown, the composer Gillian Whitehead and the painter Star Gossage. As dramaturge Fiona facilitated their collaborative performance vision and the dramaturgy of the work.

Featured works

Article


Graham, Fiona & Brown, Carol 2016. The PA Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire. Contemporary Theatre Review, ISSN 1048-6801

Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand Community Theatre Project
Graham, Fiona. 2009. Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2(2), pp. 209-216. ISSN 1753-5190

Book


Graham, Fiona. 2017. Performing Dramaturgy. New Zealand: Playmarket..

Book section

Graham, Fiona. 2016. The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating subjectivity, cultural translation and dramaturgical composition. In: , ed. Translation, Adaption and Dramaturgy: Ethics in Dialogue, Ethics in Action. Rodolpi.

Research Interests

Feminist performance, dramaturgy, performance development, new writing, site-specific performance, verbatim theatre and community theatre.

Publications

Performance

SIGHTINGS
Graham, Fiona; McDowell, Miriama and Su'a, Denise. 2018. SIGHTINGS. In: "SIGHTINGS", Q Theatre and other venues, New Zealand, July-August 2018.

Dramaturge for LOST AND FOUND (DANCES OF EXILE)
Graham, Fiona. 2017. Dramaturge for LOST AND FOUND (DANCES OF EXILE). In: "Tempo Dance Festival", Q Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand.

PAH by the Pa Collective, Multimedia Performance, Auckland Festival 2015 The Mooncake and the Kumara by Meilin Hansen, Auckland Festival 2015 HUSH and BE\LONGING verbatim performances by Talking House Theatre Company, National Tours of New Zealand 2015
Fiona, Graham. 2015. PAH by the Pa Collective, Multimedia Performance, Auckland Festival 2015 The Mooncake and the Kumara by Meilin Hansen, Auckland Festival 2015 HUSH and BE\LONGING verbatim performances by Talking House Theatre Company, National Tours of New Zealand 2015. In: "PAH / THE MOONCAKE AND THE KUMERA/ HUSH and BE/LONGING", Fiona Graham, New Zealand, Throughout New Zealand.

Dramaturge for THE MOONCAKE AND THE KUMARA
Graham, Fiona. 2015. Dramaturge for THE MOONCAKE AND THE KUMARA. In: "Auckland Festival", Auckland, New Zealand.

Project

Catalysing Change: The Creative Interventions of the Dramaturge Project
Graham, Fiona. 2018. Catalysing Change: The Creative Interventions of the Dramaturge Project.

Performing Dramaturgy
Graham, Fiona. 2017. Performing Dramaturgy.

Dramaturge for PAH
Graham, Fiona. 2015. Dramaturge for PAH.

Dramaturge for HUSH and BE/LONGING
Graham, Fiona. 2013. Dramaturge for HUSH and BE/LONGING.

Dramaturge for Slip: I am not Falling, I am Just Hanging on for as long as You Can Hold Me
Graham, Fiona. 2011. Dramaturge for Slip: I am not Falling, I am Just Hanging on for as long as You Can Hold Me.

Dramaturge for OUR STREET
Graham, Fiona. 2009 Dramaturge for OUR STREET.

Article

'The Pā Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire'
Graham, Fiona and Brown, Carol. 2017. 'The Pā Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire'. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(2), pp. 263-274. ISSN 1048-6801

'Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project'
Graham, Fiona. 2009. 'Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project'. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2(2), pp. 209-216. ISSN 1753-5190

Book

Triptych: Three Plays for Young People Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego
Graham, Fiona. 2019. Triptych: Three Plays for Young People Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego. London: Aurora. ISBN 978-1-921430-23-9

Performing Dramaturgy
Graham, Fiona. 2017. Performing Dramaturgy. New Zealand: Playmarket. ISBN 9780908607648

Book Section

The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating Subjectivity, Multicultural Translation, and Dramaturgical Composition
Graham, Fiona. 2017. The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating Subjectivity, Multicultural Translation, and Dramaturgical Composition. In: Emer O'Toole; Andrea Pelegrí Kristić and Stuart Young, eds. Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy. Leiden; Boston: Rodopi. ISBN 9789004346338