At Prospect Park Productions we are passionate about development and can provide script assessment and dramaturgical services.

PPP founder and current Burns Fellow, Emily Duncan is a dramaturge and holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of Otago. Her thesis proposes Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia as a dramaturgical model – which sounds very flash – but at the heart of her work is a passion for story-telling and supporting others in telling their stories no matter the medium or the experience of the story teller.

Emily’s dramaturgical work includes What You Will (Zac Nicholls, Fortune Theatre 2017), advising a graduate Dunedin School of Art project (2017), the immersive character host production Journey of the Jura at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (2018), and mentor/script advisor for the Fortune Theatre’s Studio 4 x 4 Emerging Playwrights Initiative (2017, 2018).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding projects for which you would like dramaturgical support. We can offer a range of flexible packages depending on what you’re after, including:

  • Script assessment
  • Workshop support
  • On-going mentoring

Emily was a very fine Dramaturg whose assistance and guidance was always pertinent and extremely helpful.

Poet, comedian and Studio 4×4 playwright 2017 Ian Loughran

Emily Duncan was the Script Advisor/Dramaturg for my (BVA) Honours project (2017) and provided directorial/production support.

Emily was an absolute delight to have as a mentor, she shared her knowledge readily and was professional, and enthusiastic.

I am exceedingly grateful for everything she bought to my project, and would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone requiring support in this area.

Dunedin School of Art Graduate Shelley McConaughy

She is a genius…helping [me] think of the story in a narrative sense, getting the world and characters of the play not only funny and engaging but also cohesive and well rounded.

Playwright Zac Nicholls