The Society for Theatre Research

2017-18 Lecture Programme



This series of evening lectures, given by invited speakers, is held monthly in London during the winter. The lectures are open to everyone, and each is followed by discussion and refreshments. Included in the programme is a special Annual Address, usually in May following the Society's AGM, and the Christmas lecture, named in honour of the late Margaret Collins, whose substantial bequest to the Society, for the purpose of funding the lecture series, continues to make these evenings possible.

Lectures are held either at the Art Workers' Guild, Bloomsbury (map), or at the Swedenborg Hall, Holborn (map). All lectures are free and open to the public.


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'Shakespeare In St Helens'
3rd October 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Geoffrey Marsh
Director, Department of Theatre and Performance, V&A.



Masks of Whiteness:
Costume, Race and Power in The Tempest on Stage.

7th November 2017, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr Bridget Escolme
Head of Drama, Queen Mary University of London.
Reading The Tempest as a colonial text has long been a familiar critical practice and since Canada Lee first played Caliban on Broadway in 1945 and the first of Jonathan Miller's colonially-inflected productions opened in London in 1970, European, American and South African productions of this play have made... [read more...]



MAGGIE COLLINS CHRISTMAS LECTURE:
Early Career Research Panel
12th December 2017, 7:30pm: Art Worker's Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map

In collaboration with the STR New Researchers' Network
More information to follow.



'Digging Up Giselle':
What Happens when Ballet and Archaeology Meet

11th January 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Keith Cavers, Consulting Iconographer.
Giselle is one of the most popular works in the modern ballet repertoire ­ we see it today in many productions some innovative and some traditional ­ but are any of them in any way 'authentic'? By applying archaeological techniques to the 'remains' is it possible to... [read more...]



'The Curtain Will Remain Up:
Naturalist Theatre & The Problem of Pornography'

7th February 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dan Rebellato
Professor of Contemporary Theatre, Royal Holloway University of London.
From the very beginning, Naturalist theatre had to defend itself against the accusation that it was mere pornography. Émile Zola insisted, in his preface to Thérèse Raquin, that he wrote the book 'I found myself in the same position as those artists who copy the nude body without feeling the least stirrings of desire', but... [read more...]



Digital and Performance
1st March 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr Joanne Scott
Lecturer in Performance, University of Salford Manchester.
More information to follow.



Alternative Comedy: Its Beginnings Told Through Unpublished Documents from the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive
3rd April 2018, 7:30pm: Swedenborg Hall, London WC1A 2TH | map

Presented by Dr Oliver Double
Research Centre Director of Comedy and Popular Performance, University of Kent.
Oliver Double is reader in Drama at the University of Kent, where he has established the Popular & Comic Performance (PCP) research centre and the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive (BSUCA). He is author of Stand-Up! On Being a Comedian (1997)... [read more...]



ANNUAL ADDRESS:
Lolita Chakrabarti in conversation with Simon Sladen
8th May 2018, public entry at 8.15pm (following the AGM at 7pm): Art Worker's Guild, London WC1N 3AT | map

More information to follow. [read more...]