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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Nostalgia podcast with Helen Brooks

Dr Helen Brooks, Reader in Theatre and Cultural History in the Department of Drama and Director of Research in the School of Arts, is the subject of the latest instalment of ‘Nostalgia’, a podcast project created by Dr Chris Deacy, Department of Religious Studies. Imagine receiving a birthday card from Doctor Who – this is what happened when Helen Brooks celebrated her thirteenth birthday. In the podcast, Helen talks about Peter D...

14 May 2019

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GOLKK Theatre at the Gulbenkian

GOLKK Theatre, one of the Graduate Theatre Companies sponsored by the School of Arts, will be presenting their work 'rest[less]' in the Gulbenkian Theatre on Wednesday 15 May 2019. 'rest[less]' explores the topic of over-working and the phenomenon of burnout through the lens of beehives using GOLKK's unique movement language. The piece premiered as a work-in-progress at The Place, London, earlier this year. The performance will inclu...

13 May 2019

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The fourth Funny Rabbit

Funny Rabbit, the comedy club created by Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama in the School of Arts, returns this Friday 10 May 2019 in the Gulbenkian café. Funny Rabbit is a new kind of comedy club – radical and exciting, but also warm and snuggly as a bunny rabbit. Whether you’ve never seen live comedy before or you’ve been watching it for decades, Funny Rabbit is for you. Friday's star acts will be the amazing Bec Hill and the upcoming George Rigden. Bec Hi...

10 May 2019

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Olly Double on BBC South East Today

Dr Olly Double, Reader in Drama in the School of Arts, appeared on BBC South East Today last night (2 May 2019), interviewed along with comedian Alexei Sayle regarding the Alternative Comedy Now Festival, which is currently ongoing at Kent. 'Alternative comedy completely changed British stand-up comedy,' explains Olly in the interview. 'Before that there were a few people doing interesting things on the folk circuit, like Billy Connelly, but m...

3 May 2019

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Call for contributions for 'Inside Out' symposium

Contributions are sought for a two day symposium as part of the Playing A/Part research project, led by Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance in the Department of Drama and Theatre, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to be held at Kent on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2019. The symposium is titled 'Inside Out: Autistic Identities, Participatory Research and Gender'. The first day will explore perspectives on participatory...

26 April 2019

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