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Live Theatre Broadcast Symposium

  • Date and time: Thursday 25 June 2015, 10.00am
  • Location: Holbeck Cinema, Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, Heslington East Campus. Parking is available in Field Lane and Kimberlow Lane car parks which are accessible from the A1079 Grimston Bar Park & Ride/York Sport Village entrance. Parking charges are £1 per hour up to 4 hours, £6 for 10 hours - card payments are accepted at the pay and display ticket machines.

Event details

Live Theatre Broadcast Symposium

Keynote speakers: Professor Judith Buchanan, Director of the Humanities Research Centre, University of York; Ross MacGibbon, Royal Opera House Cinema Screen Director; Marcus Romer, Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre; and John Wyver, Illuminations Media and Producer of RSC Live, Senior Research Fellow at University of Westminster.

Registration is now open for the Live Theatre Broadcast Symposium at the department of Theatre and Television, University of York on 25th June 2015.

To confirm your attendance please reserve your place via our on-line registration.

Registration is free. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.  Some travel bursaries are available.

If you are unable to make it the event will be live streamed at

In recent years, live-streamed theatre broadcasts have emerged as a significant cultural phenomenon, aiding public access to - and representing a new practice for - key international, national and regional institutions, such as the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Pilot Theatre, Forced Entertainment, and cinema distributors around the world. How do such broadcasts change the experience of live events, and how do they alter the spectrum of media through which performances occur? This emerging hybrid medium introduces challenges for practitioners, critics and institutions for the creation, reception and funding of live theatre and events, yet suitable approaches to frame academic discussion of it are underdeveloped.

This symposium seeks to explore the rise of live theatre broadcast through questions engaging with a) production processes, b) audiences and c) intermediality.

Symposium Programme

09.30am               Coffee and Registration

10.00am               Welcome

10.05am               Keynote: John Wyver (Director, Illuminations Media)

The Early Imaginary of Event Cinema, 1878-1953

10.50am           Panel: ‘Audiences and Para-Performance’

Julie Raby (York St. John University) '@shaksper 'Now watching you live taking your seat': The audience in the theatre during Live Theatre Broadcasts.'

Joe Attard (King’s College, London) 'First time for everything! The ‘Opera Virgins’ project and opera cinema as a new cultural experience'

Prof. Lib Taylor (University of Reading) 'Phenomenologies of Para-Performance'

11.50am               Tea and Coffee

12.15pm               Keynote: Marcus Romer (Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre)

1pm                      Lunch

1.45pm                 Keynotes: Professor Judith Buchanan (Director of Humanities Research Centre) & Ross MacGibbon (Royal Opera House Cinema Screen Director) in Conversation

2.35pm                 Panel: ‘Spectatorship'

Adam Burgess (University of Manchester) and Dr Karen Quigley (University of York) ''I was still watching that!': spectatorial excess and editorial control in live theatre broadcasts.'

Prof. Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter) 'The ethics of broadcast spectatorship in Cheek by Jowl’s Measure for Measure'

Su-Anne Yeo (Goldsmiths, University of London) 'Intermediality and the Changing Dimensions of Theatrical Experience: The Case of National Theatre (NT) Live'

3.35pm                 Refreshments

4pm                      Panel: Community

Dr Mark Smith (University of York) 'Group hug retweet: Second screening and a sense of community with Forced Entertainment'

Ben Fletcher-Watson (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)'Live-streaming to your living room: towards a new model of inclusion'

Martin Franklin (SHPLive) ’Seeding The Cloud: Broadcast Entities and Digital Storytelling’

5pm                       Panel: ‘Live and After-Lives'

Prof. Peter Reichl and Marena Balinova (University of Vienna) 'The Salome Experience – Live Streaming of Opera Performances for Large Audiences'

Dr Susanne Greenhalgh (University of Roehampton) 'Theatrical Madeleines:   After Live (s) at the National Theatre'

Dr Mikko Kanninen (University of Tampere) 'What kind of an art form would new ”Digital Theatre” be?'                                                              

6pm                       Close & wine reception

Conference Organisers

Dr Hannah Andrews, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
Dr Tom Cantrell, Lecturer in Theatre
Dr Tom Cornford, Lecturer in Theatre
Dr Jon Hook, Lecturer in Interactive Media
Dr Ollie Jones, Lecturer in Theatre
Dr Jenna Ng, Anniversary Research Lecturer in Interactive Media

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