European theatre Research Network


Our premise is that European theatre is not a coherent formula of aesthetic and artistic practices but in fact a widespread landscape of many local contexts and discourses.

ETRN aims to:

  • investigate the way that experimentation and innovation happens across broad European contexts ranging from repertory theatres to avant-garde laboratory groups.
  • build on our combined research expertise in European theatre, which includes aspects of contemporary British practice.
  • explore theoretical and practical connections across performance and geospatial borders.
  • function as a link between non-English European theatre discourses and practices and the Anglophone world.

Areas of specialism include: performer training in Eastern and Western European contexts: Grotowski’s legacy ; mime; ensemble practice ; directing, dramaturgy, and theatre systems ; European performances of Shakespeare and other classics; dance theatre; European philosophy and performance studies.

ETRN staff span the European continent in our research interests: from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain through Germany, to Greece, Poland and Russia.


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Nicola Shaughnessy interviewed on BBC South East news

Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance in the School of Arts, featured on the BBC South East news last night, 6 December 2018, as part of her Arts and Humanities Research Council project 'Playing A/Part'. Dr Melissa Trimingham, also from the School of Arts, was featured as a co-investigator, working a puppet with the autistic girls participating in the research. The project investigates the relationship between autism and gender through the u...

7 December 2018

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Two nights of Monkeyshine comedy from stand-up students

Final-year undergraduate students on the module Introduction to Stand-Up will be delivering Monkeyshine, two nights of stand-up comedy, next week on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December 2018 in the Gulbenkian cafe. Each night will feature a different line-up, stuffed to the brim with young comics each presenting five-minute sets. Come along and enjoy a dazzling array of raw, young comedy, introduced by your host and compère Olly Double. Monkeysh...

6 December 2018

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Margherita Laera to lead translation workshop on Francesca Garolla

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, will be in Milan to lead a translation workshop to translate the award-winning play Tu es Libre by Francesca Garolla from Italian into English, from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December 2018. The play investigates the themes of freedom and war through the story of the sudden disappearance of French girl Haner Rouger from her Paris home. The workshop...

5 December 2018

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Applied Theatre students give celebratory performance

Students on the undergraduate Drama and Theatre programmes, who are taking the module Applied Theatre, will be giving a celebratory performance workshop at St Nicolas School in Canterbury today, Wednesday 5 December 2018. St Nicholas School is a community day school providing education for over 190 children aged between 4 and 19 who have profound severe and complex learning difficulties. The Applied Theatre module offers students the opportunity to both unde...

5 December 2018

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Popular Performance students to lead evening of cabaret

Second-year students on the module Popular Performance will be performing an 'Alternative Cabaret' in the evening of Tuesday 11 December 2018 in the Gulbenkian Café. The evening will consist of stand-up comedy, double acts, ranting/dub poetry, sketches and bizarre speciality acts in tribute to the alternative comedy scene of the 1980s. If you're a fan of Rik Mayall, Benjamin Zephaniah or French & Saunders, this show is for you. The ...

4 December 2018

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