Here we present additional writings by Free Theatre collaborators who have written about company productions and related subjects.
Free Theatre had a long connection with the University of Canterbury and we also include links to the MA and PhD theses of company members, which include explorations of Free Theatre work.
To the right of the page, we feature writings from the Free Theatre archives beginning with Peter Falkenberg's 'Theatre of Unease', a chapter in a book on New Zealand theatre titled Performing Aotearoa: New Zealand Theatre and Drama in an Age of Transition (2007). Below this is a range of writings about the company, which also give a sense of how Free Theatre (and theatre) is seen within the Christchurch and New Zealand cultural landscape.
By Free Theatre
Acting and its Refusal in Theatre and Film
Marian McCurdy, Intellect, 2017
"Theatre after the earthquake: what's it worth?
Peter Falkenberg, Keynote Address, Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies, June 2016
"The Last Word"
George Parker, Playmarket Annual Journal, No. 51, September 2016
"Christchurch's 'edgy' strategy needs a home for edgy artists"
George Parker, The Press, September 2016
"Does a new Performing Arts Precinct make Christchurch a more vibrant diverse city?"
George Parker, June 2016
"Christchurch theatre post-quake"
George Parker, 2015 [.PDF 63kb]
"Here be Taniwha: performance research on the edge of the world"
George Parker, Embodying Transformation, 2015 [.PDF 3.3mb]
"After the Rupture: Restoration or Revolution"
Peter Falkenberg and Thea Brejzek, Performance Research 19 (6), 2014
"Place-making or place-faking?: the river and the city in Canterbury Tales"
George Parker, 2014 [.PDF 168kb]
"Creative thinkers engage with real world problems"
Ryan Reynolds, George Parker and Peter Falkenberg, The Press, 18 November 2013
"Getting a swamp-on: translating and adapting Werner Fritsch’s Jenseits to Christchurch, New Zealand"
George Parker, 2013 [.PDF 147kb]
"Quake space in avant garde time"
Peter Falkenberg, 2013 [.PDF 127kb]
"The Arts Circus: how might the arts play an integrated and intervening role in the creation of a city?
George Parker, 2012 [.PDF 103kb]
"The new Christchurch"
George Parker, A letter to the 'Blueprint team' of the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU), 2012
"The Theatre as Counterpublic: From The Balcony to Distraction Camp"
Peter Falkenberg, 2010 [.PDF, 100kb]
"Nico: I'll be your mirror"
Peter Falkenberg, 2009 [.PDF, 88kb]
"Nothing Ever Happens Here"
Peter Falkenberg, 2007 [.PDF, 96kb]
"Remake: Parker-Hulme and The Maids"
Marian McCurdy, 2007 [.PDF 584.5 kb]
"Seeing 'new' seas/lands from the beach"
(Conclusion to PhD thesis: 'Actor Alone: Solo Performance in New Zealand')
George Parker, 2007 [.PDF 123kb]
"Moving Targets: An "Illogical" Theatre of Resistance in (Pre)Occupied Territory"
Ryan Reynolds, 2007 [.PDF, 80kb]
"Theatre of Unease"
Peter Falkenberg 2006 [PDF, 147kb]
"Fear of Flying (I): Samson Airline"
Peter Falkenberg, 2005/2006 [.PDF, 100kb]
'Why Devise? Why Now? Why New Zealand?"
Peter Falkenberg, 2005 [.PDF, 76kb]
"Lacking Desire/Making Drama: The Theatrical Meets the Prosaic in a Post-Puritanical World"
Peter Falkenberg, 1999 [.PDF, 164kb]
"Lacking Drama, Making Theatre: Why Can't Robinson Crusoe Play?"
Peter Falkenberg, 1998 [.PDF, 112kb]