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Resisting Theatre: Plays, Politics and the Academy, Day Three

A circle of plain black chairs spirals out from the foreground of the image in a grey rehearsal room. On the edge of each chair sits a light green book, the title is indistinguishable. The title of the conference is on the right hand side of the image in red and yellow typewriting font. The date of the conference is in the same font in white above the chairs.

Sunday 20 June 2021, 9.45AM to 20 June 1:15 PM

Speaker(s): Andy Smith, Hannah Greenstreet, Seda llter, Jon Venn. Chairs: Nicholas Holden, Dan Rebellato.

How can plays become sites of resistance?

Some theatre companies have at times resisted the play in favour of improvisation, physical theatre, and collective creation; theatre studies has sometimes resisted the play in favour of ideas of performance, liveness, and presence. But how might plays in themselves resist theatre, or performance, or offer forms of political resistance? This conference aims to resituate analysis of the play in all its resistant complexity at the heart of contemporary theatre studies. 

We want to open a space for critical reflection on the condition and methodologies of contemporary play analysis: to think about its purposes, practices, histories, limitations, and possibilities in the academy, and in the industry and wider public spheres. We also want to consider the way contemporary playwriting around the world resists traditional modes of analysis while remaining attuned to and engaged in pressing social realities.

 You can join the discussion by following and using the hashtag #ResistingTheatre on Twitter. 

The current dates and timings of the conference are: 

View the conference programme here: Resisting Theatre Conference schedule (PDF , 93kb)

Sunday 20 June

9.45am Welcome

10am Keynote: Andy Smith

‘This book is part of the play…’

Chair - Nicholas Holden

11am Break

11.15am Panel 7: From Stage to Page

Hannah Greenstreet ‘Structural Issues: Forms of Resistance in Alice Birch’s [BLANK] (2019)’

Seda llter ‘Rethinking “text” in Mediatised Theatre’

Jon Venn ‘Infectious Acts: New Suicidalities in Alice Birch’s Anatomy of a Suicide’

Chair - Dan Rebellato

12.30pm Publishers Panel

Chair – Dan Rebellato

1.15pm Conference Close

Location: Online via Zoom

Admission: , £10 full admission, £5 for PGRs (postgraduate researchers), ECRs (early career academics), and unwaged