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 launches co-edited collection on Performing Psychologies

Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance in the School of Arts has just co-edited a new collection, Performing Psychologies: Imagination, Creativity and Dramas of the Mind (Bloomsbury 2019) with Philip Barnard. The book offers new perspectives on arts and health, focussing on the different ways in which performance interacting with psychology can enhance understanding of the mind. The book chall...

18 January 2019

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Part two of Grotowski podcast now available

The second part of a podcast on theatre director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999), featuring Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance in the School of Arts and Dean of the Graduate School, is now available. The podcast is part of a series hosted on, produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a national cultural institution promoting Poland and Polish culture worldwide. Part one of the podcast was posted in early December. The second part of th...

11 January 2019

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Nostalgia podcast with Olly Double

Dr Oliver Double, Reader in Drama within the School of Arts, is the subject of the latest podcast on 'Nostalgia', as part of an ongoing project by Dr Chris Deacy in the Department of Religious Studies. Olly grew up in Lincolnshire where his father was an Education Officer and we learn why as a child Olly was frightened of Scooby Doo and ghosts as well as what his reaction was when he had a Doctor Who book signed by Tom Baker. The conversation moves...

10 January 2019

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Helen Brooks interviewed on BBC Radio Kent

Dr Helen Brooks, Reader in Theatre and Cultural History in the School of Arts, was interviewed for BBC Radio Kent this week, on the Dominic King Show broadcast on Monday 7 January 2019. Helen was interviewed about a guided research workshop 'A Night in the West End', which will take place on Friday 11 January, to explore the role that London's West End theatre district played during the First World War. 'The idea is to bring academics and...

9 January 2019

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Arts students' success in Employability Points competition

Three students from the School of Arts have together achieved first, second and third places in the Employability Points Scheme‘s ‘Highest Points Logged During December’ competition for the Canterbury campus. The Employability Points Scheme allows students who engage with co-curricular activities to collect points for each activity completed. The scheme allows students who have accumulated sufficient points to earn rewards. Reward...

8 January 2019

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