Research Seminar – Peta Murray

Wright, W/rote, Wrought
A Practice-Led Research Process
The first installment of the CTP Research Seminar Series 2017 for Sem 2!

Monday, 28 August @ 12-1 pm
Drama Theatre

Writer, performer and dramaturge, Peta Murray, will take you on a journey of discovery with this incredible Seminar at the Drama Theatre in the coming weeks

Speaking about her research and her talk, Peta says; 
‘Through my PhD research project, conducted via a kind of text-based autopsy of my ageing self, I went in quest of the means to sustain a viable artistic practice in advancing age.

‘Using queered, mixed and intuitive methods, my past practice as a playwright was variously renounced, revisited and recuperated through memoiresque gestures and via experiments with mutations of the performable essay I went on to dub as w/rites.
In so doing, I took up Julian Meyrick’s call for descriptive sensitivity (2011) around the ‘nerves and mechanisms’ of the creative process (Krauth 2011).

‘In this seminar I will reflect on key phases and findings of this project, as expressed through its creative artefact, the triptych, ‘Ware With A Translucent Body’, and share an approach to writing-as-research whereby public acts, personal archives and private interactions surrounding the making of a new work became a site of resistance, and, indeed, a theatre of ‘abandon’ in and of themselves.’

Sounds like an intriguing and must-see seminar – be sure to put this date in your diary now!


Peta Murray is a writer-performer, dramaturge, and sessional teacher at RMIT University. Her recently completed practice-led PhD project, ‘Essayesque dismemoir: w/rites of elder-flowering’ employed variations of the ‘performance essay’ to devise queered and performative nonfiction on themes of the creative life course and the embodied experience of ageing.
Peta’s best-known plays are Wallflowering, Salt and The Keys to the Animal Room. Critical writing includes a chapter in Creative Manoeuvres: Writing, Making, Being, co-authored articles for New Writing and for AXON and a creative contribution, Please Supply Own Title in Text Special Issue 39 on The Essay.


PIC CREDIT: Footscray Community Arts Centre ‘MISSA PRO VENERABILIBUS’