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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Drama and Theatre alumni skydives for Virgin ad campaign

George Callcut, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre from the School of Arts at Kent this year, is currently featuring in an advert for Virgin Experience Days. In the ad, George plays Darren, who receives a gift of an indoor skydiving experience for Christmas. The ad was filmed over two days, where George had to participate in a simulated skydive at Twinwoods Adventure in Bedfordshire, with a second day filming the character receiving his gift...

14 December 2018

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Paul Allain wins Witkacy Prize

We are pleased to announce that Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance in the School of Arts and Dean of the Graduate School, has been awarded the Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) Prize for promoting Polish theatre abroad. The Witkacy Prize is a major prize awarded by the Polish International Theatre Institute (ITI). The prize is named in honour of the eccentric Polish philosopher, writer and dramatist Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, otherwise known as Witkacy. Paul said t...

13 December 2018

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Paul Allain features in podcast about Jerzy Grotowski

Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance in the School of Arts and Dean of the Graduate School, has featured in the podcast Search: Stories from the Eastern West from the website. is produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a national cultural institution promoting Poland and Polish culture worldwide. Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999) was a Polish theatre director who developed a form of intensive training for actors to master the ...

11 December 2018

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Podcast explores Peter Grahame's diary, 1986

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama within the School of Arts and Head of the Performance and Theatre Research Cluster, 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. In the latest instalment, the item from the archive is 'Peter Grahame’s Diary&apo...

10 December 2018

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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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