Balancing Analytic Discipline and Artistic Intuition During the Devising Process for NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO

  • Lauren Jerke


During the devising process for the play, No Particular Place To Go, the most prevalent conscious discipline at work was the company’s attempt to represent qualitative data. The process of converting research data into theatre would seem, inevitably, to privilege the conscious over the unconscious (the ‘discipline’ over the ‘intuition’). However, the unconscious role of artistic intuition functioned to supply the team with creative impulses that were integral to the success of the final product. The play was engaging and representative of the research findings from the older adults driving study. With a review of the devising process, this paper seeks to describe the ‘disciplined intuition’ at work during the creation of the play.