Resisting Theatre

  • Poore, B. (Committee member)
  • Benzie, R. A. (Committee member)
  • Lynette Goddard (Committee member)
  • Nicholas Holden (Committee member)
  • Chris Megson (Committee member)
  • Dan Rebellato (Committee member)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference


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.
Period18 Jun 202120 Jun 2021
Event typeConference
LocationYork, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational