Inside Our Islands: Confronting the Colonized Muse in the Decolonizing Performance Space

  • Linden Wilkinson
Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)


This chapter delves into the process of play creation within the troubling, confronting, emotional territory inherent in cross-cultural story-telling. As a non-Aboriginal researcher and playwright, I have written this chapter in a way that the content evolves as a critical autoethnography approached from a dominant culture perspective. Harnessing the multiple voices reflecting multiple roles of scribe, actor and character, the chapter explores challenges to my arts practice, as craft responsibilities towards the developing work and the acting ensemble shifted between areas of old and new knowledge, between old and new understandings of relationship, drama and resilience and through an increasing awareness of how the personal and the political play out in cultures of privilege and cultures of marginalisation. The chapter further suggests that the kinds of learnings that take place in the cross-cultural environment are as much about breaking and re-making old expectations of the very nature of narrative, as they are about locating story.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linden Wilkinson
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  1. 1.Sydney UniversityCamperdownAustralia

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