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Staging History: A One-day Symposium


Staging History: A One-day Symposium

Staging History

26th April 2019: G13, Life Sciences Building, University of Bristol 


This one-day symposium brings together playwrights, historians, and theatre professionals. Themes for discussion include:

Theatre as practice-based historical research

Interactive histories

Historical performance as entertainment

Ethics, ‘truthfulness’, and accuracy in theatrical performances

The functions and purposes of performing histories

Musical theatre, dance, film, and spoken word


9-9:30 Registration


9.30 – 10.30 Keynote

Laura Purcell-Gates and David Turner: ‘Performing the Freak: A dialogue between Theatre and History about Monstrosity’


10.30 – 11.30 Historical Place

Iqbal Husain:‘Plays about South Asia and the First World War’


Liz Haines: ‘Lifeblood: Remixing mining history on the Copperbelt’


11.30 – 11.45 – Break


11.45 – 1.15 Staging Nineteenth-Century French Melodrama

Kate Astbury:‘Translating Melodrama’


Sarah Burdett:‘Melodrama Restaged, Learning to Speak with the Body’


Diane Tisdall: ‘Prisoners’ Theatre Music: A Collaborative Melodrama Score’


1.15 – 2.15 – Lunch.


2.15 – 3.15 Heritage

Robin Baillie: ‘Young people ‘acting up’ with Scottish history and the National Galleries of Scotland’s Scottish art collection


Paul Clarke: ‘The Lost Palace: performing the past, hearing and touching history where it happened’


3.15 – 3.30 - Break


3.30 – 5 Playwriting and Performance

Jeanie Sinclair: ‘Ghosting Bones, Haunted Flesh: Performing the Archive’


Lucy Munro and Emma Whipday:  ‘Making Early Modern ‘Verbatim Theatre’, or, Keep the Widow Waking’


Stephen Hornby: ‘“Stand up if you’re gay!” The Burnley Buggers’ Ball: The dilemmas of dramatizing political history’


5 – 5.45 – Roundtable


This event is part of the AHRC leadership project ‘Creative Histories of Witchcraft’.


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