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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MA Theatre Festival 2019

The School of Arts launched its MA Theatre Festival last night, comprising of two weeks of performances from students on our MA programmes in the Department of Drama and Theatre. The festival kicked off with On Our Way by Scorched Ensemble, a group undertaking the MA in Physical Acting programme, which explored the life changing journey of becoming a refugee. A gallery of images from the performance is available here. On Monday 25 March, there will be a rehearsed reading of an original play, ...

21 March 2019

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Laura Lexx at the Marlowe Theatre

Following on from her recent shows at the Soho Theatre and appearance on Live at the Apollo, alumna Laura Lexx will be performing at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on Tuesday 12 March 2019, as part of The Noise Next Door's Comedy Lock-In. Laura, who is a graduate from the Department of Drama and Theatre, will be featuring as a special guest in the show, alongside comedian Mark Simmons. The Noise Next Door are the UK's premier improv comedy ...

9 March 2019

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Alumna production Boots at the Bunker Theatre

Alumna Sanna-Karina Aab, who graduated from the School of Arts with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre in 2016 and an MA in Creative Producing in 2017, has produced a show currently running at the Bunker Theatre, London. Boots tells a story of two women, Liz and Willow, who meet in Boots – the high-street pharmacist. When Willow is not providing ‘excellent customer service’ she talks to Liz, a customer at the store and who has a habit of leav...

7 March 2019

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T24 Drama Society shortlisted for Best Arts Society

The T24 Drama Society, run by Kent Union, has been shortlisted for Best Arts Society in the National Societies Awards 2019. As a student society, T24 organises six theatre shows per term, regular drama  workshops and Work In Progress sessions, and a whole host of other socials and events. The National Societies Awards celebrate the achievements of student societies at different universities and Further Education establishments around the country. T...

4 March 2019

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Alumna TD Moyo premieres play at the Lyric Hammersmith

Drama and Theatre alumna Tendai Dombojena Moyo has authored a play, Feels, which will premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, beginning 11 March 2019, as part of the theatre's Evolution Festival to showcase emerging artists. Feels explores the experiences, feelings, and dreams of five black men who find themselves in a crazed pursuit of memory and the desire to attain, attain something – anything. Tendai was interviewed alongside actor Cornell ...

1 March 2019

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