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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Oliver Double on Front Row

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama in the School of Arts and Director of the Centre for Popular and Comic Performance, featured on BBC Radio 4's Front Row last week, to attempt to answer why is the unfortunate mishap hilarious – so long as someone else is falling off the ladder? Front Row is a magazine programme discussing the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music. 'One of the oldest theories of why we laugh is that we laugh at the expense of somebody else,' ex...

10 October 2018

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Podcast on comedienne Linda Smith's signature gags

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama within the School of Arts and Director of the Centre for Popular and Comic Performance, has just released the latest episode of the podcast series 'A History of Comedy in Several Objects'. In the podcast series, Olly examines objects from Kent's British Stand-Up Comedy Archive alongside Project Archivist Elspeth Millar. The recent film Funny Cow (2017) uses one of the late, great Linda Smith's signat...

21 September 2018

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Nicola Shaughnessy shortlisted for THE award

Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance and Director of Research in the School of Arts, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Supervisor of the Year in this year's Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. Nicola has supported a wide range of doctoral students, drawing upon personal experience in projects that use creative and practical approaches to engage with neurodiversity such as dyslexia and acting, staging psychic distress, autism and gender i...

13 September 2018

PATAZ: Physical Actor Training - An Online A-Z

PATAZ: Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z is launching on 25th July 2018. Created by Paul Allain and Frank Camilleri with filmmakers Peter Hulton and Stacie Lee Bennett, PATAZ is funded by a Leverhulme Trust research grant. The digital resource is created by actor trainers, and trainees from the University of Kent. PATAZ prioritizes movement, voice, and the body rather than character or text-based approaches to making performance and preparin...

12 July 2018

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First-Year Music Performance Scholar and BA Drama & English Language and Linguistics Student works with composer Andrew Lippa

Hannah Ost, first-year Music Performance Scholar and BA Drama and English Language and Linguistics Student, recently had the opportunity to act as Music Assistant to composer Andrew Lippa as he worked on rehearsals for A Little Princess at the Royal Festival Hall. Hannah had the opportunity to experience dress rehearsals and the show’s first pe...

26 June 2018

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