In this series, CENTRAL researchers will talk about their latest explorations of theatre and performance, sharing their new material and/or writing, and discussing questions of research methods, but also research problems and open questions. These short ‘work in progress’ presentations will offer opportunities for response, discussion and a sharing of ideas about these ongoing research projects.
Dr Naomi Paxton: Reaching out in both directions – doing suffrage theatre in the twenty-first century
Since 2013 I’ve worked with feminist production hub Scary Little Girls to develop a series of Living Literature walks - Stage Rights! (2013 and 2016), A particular theatre: Shakespeare, suffragists and soldiers (2016), and Women and War: the West End and the Western Front (2017). This talk will explore the devising and development process, and how the use of contextual frameworks and intertheatrical research methodologies can inform the re-staging and re-imagining of Edwardian suffragist plays for specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Dr Tom Cornford: Theatre Workshop: The Pre-History of Theatre-Making
This paper will explore Theatre Workshop as a precursor to the emergence, in the 1990s, of the category of ‘theatre-makers’ (performers who also take responsibility for the collaborative creation of their work in groups whose organization resists the conventional distribution of labour in theatre production). It will ask what lessons can be drawn from the history of Theatre Workshop about the opportunities and problems of this form of ensemble co-creation.
8 May 2019 - 6:30pm