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.


At the Crossroads of Arts and Sciences

You are warmly invited to this research presentation and/or free one-day seminar at the University of Kent with Prof. Malgorzata Sugiera, Dr Mateusz Borowksi, and Mateusz Charberski from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow as part of the ERC funded project Artificial Bodies/Living Machines​ in the Laboratory of Performative Arts. ​ At the Crossroads of Arts and Sciences Lecture, 29th September 2017, 5 p...

21 September 2017

GASP! perform 'Not All Plane Sailing'

Friday 22nd September – Not All Plane Sailing ​- a performance conceived and performed by one of the new drama graduate theatre companies, GASP! Performances at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Aphra Theatre – to book a free place go to eventbrite​

20 September 2017

Weighty Bowl Success at Canterbury Festival

Congratulations to our third year student company, Weighty Bowl, on the fantastic achievement of winning the Canterbury Festival’s Made in Kent competition. The students involved are Nicole Driver, Michael Dunk, Elizabeth Hagen, Fergus McDonald and Richard Yuill. The show is a pastiche of Jacobean tragedy called 'The Lamentable Tragedie of the Canterbury Strangler' and was the piece they devised for their assessment on the Creative Projec...

23 June 2017

Arts Success in Employability Points Scheme

Students from the School of Arts were winners at the University's annual Employability Points Rewards night on Tuesday 6th June.  The scheme, pioneered at the University of Kent, allows students to claim points and rewards for their extra-curricular activities and is registering a higher number of students actively logging points and applying for rewards than ever before. These rewards include paid internships, project placements, work experience,...

9 June 2017

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Linda Smith Lecture with Susan Calman

Linda Smith Lecture – Susan Calman Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury Tuesday 16 May 2017 Tickets: £6 We are delighted that the brilliant comedian Susan Calman has agreed to give the 2017 Linda Smith Lecture. Susan is known to Radio 4 listeners as a regular panellist on The News Quiz, and for her two series, Susan Calman is Convicted and Keep Calman Carry On. On television she has appeared on QI and in the sitcoms Fresh Meat and Dead Boss. She is al...

27 March 2017

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