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.


Drama academic shortlisted for TaPRA Early Career Award

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, has been shortlisted for a prestigious TaPRA Early Career Award for her AHRC-funded Fellowship project, ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness: "Foreignisation" in Theatre Practice'. The winner will be announced in June. The project raises awareness of the complexities of theatre translation and asks how theatre can communicate linguistic and cultural difference without reducing the...

23 May 2018

Alumni doing their bit for #TimesUp

School of Arts alumni, Daniella Verektenidi and Jake Cunningham, have been involved in creating a range of t-shirts with the names of leading female directors and actors in an effort to fight for greater equality in the industry. Full details can be found on The Guardian website, here.

19 April 2018

Moving Memory Awarded Art Council 'Celebrating Age' Award!

A huge congratulations to Moving Memory who, in partnership with the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, Kent County Council Arts Unit and Kent County Council Adult Social Care, have been awarded one of the prestigious ‘Celebrating Age’ awards (Arts Council England & Baring Foundation) for ‘Still Stomping’. This project will be carried out over 2 years and promises to extend practice and training in intergenerational perfo...

3 April 2018

Polish Honour for Professor Paul Allain

The School of Arts would like to one of our Drama and Theatre professors, Professor Paul Allain, has been awarded the Witkacy Prize by the Polish International Theatre Institute for his incredible work promoting Polish theatre aboard. The Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz Prize is an annual award, since 1983, the awardees are honoured with the award for outstanding achievement in the promotion of Polish theatre internationally. The news was officially announced Tu...

29 March 2018

Professor Kenneth Pickering to be awarded a Doctor of Letters by UWL

Professor Kenneth Pickering, an Honorary Professor in the School of Arts’ Drama Department is being awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of West London (London College of Music) later this year. The award is to celebrate Professor Pickering’s recognition as a role model for University’s students through his professional profile and experience. In the early 1960s Professor Pickering gained the As...

13 March 2018

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