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Drama performances, events and seminars are shown here. Please remember that coursework performances may not appear until a week before the performance, so please check back regularly. See also the Conferences page.

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Wed 19 Oct

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 40
Tickets for public: 10
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Love on the Dole: Politics and the Return of Community Theatre

Presented by: Sarah Weston in conversation with Dr Rebecca Hillman
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

In July 2016 Salford Community Theatre Project staged a promenade adaptation of Walter Greenwood’s novel Love on the Dole. The novel, set in 1930s Salford, depicts the effects of poverty, unemployment and exploitation on the lives of ordinary Salfordians, culminating in the National Unemployed Workers Movement’s demonstration of 1931, now known as the Battle of Bexley Square.  This talk will discuss the politics of the community play, and how this form allows both artists and community members, through the narratives of the past, to draw out the political tensions of the present. Following the development of ‘Applied Theatre’ as a form, and the turn away from the explicitly political community theatre of the 60s-80s, Weston will address how the community play offers a return to political theatre making, without abandoning some of the more celebratory and empowering aspects of current non-political applied practice. 

 

Bio: Sarah Weston is a theatre practitioner and playwright specializing in devised and community theatre. She is currently completing her doctoral studies through an examination of the relationship between performance and political voice for young people, both to what extend political voice is a performative act, as well as looking at the political efficacy of theatre practice regarding voice. 

Wed 02 Nov

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 40
Tickets for public: 10
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Stephen Bottoms

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

More information coming soon

Wed 23 Nov

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 40
Tickets for public: 10
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Technologized Animality: Performance beyond Humanity

Presented by: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Examining cross-species performance encounters of ‘technologized animality’ (between humans, animals and technologies), this talk frames a ‘becoming-animate’ that takes place through ideas of representation, presentation, and dissention in performance. In an age described as the Anthropocene, the non-human animal figures crucially in political and ethical imaginings of any possible future, and this talk frames certain forms of techno-animality on what Ranciere calls a ‘political stage’ as a form of dissensus. Animals are frequently subsumed within hybridized/technologized practices, yet this talk argues that if considered as dissenting figures, animals might disrupt growing conflations between animals and technologies. Analysing the proliferation of performance engagements with animality, including: bio-technological experimentations, “dead” animals (a turn to taxidermy), robotic/technologized animals, living animals, and human-animal hybrids, this paper navigates a shifting terrain to foreground how animality is shaping human-centric performance practices and lives. In (Korean/US) artist Doo Sung Yoo’s animal-machine hybrids, specifically his robotic pig-heart jellyfish, “animals,” controlled by humans, are at their least “animal,” but it is this disturbance to form that provokes its possibility as dissenting agent in Anthropocentric work.

Professor Jennifer Parker-Starbuck is Head of the Drama Department, University of Roehampton, London, and co-Editor of Theatre Journal. She is the author of Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance, co-author of Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field, co-editor of Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practices.