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.


PhD Research Performance at the Gulbenkian

The Constant Couple by George Farquhar (1699) is a comedy about love lost, love deceived, and women wronged. Relatively forgotten in modern times, the play was very popular in the 18th century and a key part of its success was the character of Sir Harry Wildair, a handsome, rich and humorous rake. In 1740, after half a decade of the role being played by men Margaret "Peg" Woffington performed Wildair to such acclaim that up until the end of t...

19 December 2017

PCP Lunchtime talk: Oliver Double, Jonjo Brady, Little Tich: Size and Identity (07/12/2017)

The Popular and Comic Performance Research Centre (PCP) invite you to a talk as part of Disability History Month.  Thursday 7th December 2017 at 12:00-13:00 hrs in Rutherford Lecture Theatre 3  Oliver Double and Jonjo Brady, Little Tich: Size and Identity  We are proud to present a lunchtime talk on entertainer extraordinaire, Little Tich (1867 – 1928), as part of Dis...

13 November 2017

Oliver Double in BBC Radio 3's show 'A Flapper's Guide to the Opera'

Last week Dr Oliver Double featured in Dr Alexandra Wilson’s BBC Radio 3 programme ‘A Flapper’s Guide to Opera’. Follow the link to listen to the full programme recording:

31 October 2017

T24 - Frantic Assembly Workshop

T24 is offering 24 drama students the opportunity to participate in a 2-hour workshop they have arranged with Frantic Assembly next Wednesday, 1st November between 4.30pm and 6.30pm in Jarman 2 at a cost of £2.00 per person.  If you wish to enter the ballot then you need to email before Tuesday, 31st clearly stating your name and contact details. ​To ensure parity of opportunity a b...

30 October 2017

A Show That Gambles on the Future

The Popular and Comic Performance Research Centre (PCP) invite you to a Public Engagement Event Post-show discussion with Mark Thomas, following A Show That Gambles on the Future Wednesday 22 November, 7.30pm, Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent Tickets:  More about the PCP Research Centre The Popular and Comic Performance (PCP) research centre brings together academics from a range o...

23 October 2017

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