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.


School of Arts' Student's Music Scholarship Achievements!

School of Arts’ first year student Carmen Mackey studying Drama is also very musically talented! Carmen is not only studying a Drama degree at the University of Kent, but is also partaking in lots of extra-curricular activities, including numerous choirs and ensembles as part of her Music Performance Scholarship. Follow the link to find out all about Carmen’s musical journey!

19 February 2018

School of Arts' Students win Kent Film Festival Award

A huge congratulations to four School of Arts’ Film BA students who recently won the student category at the Kent Film Festival with their short film ‘Fatal Distraction’.  ‘Fatal Distraction’ is about: “Two burglars [who] get more than they bargained for after attempting to steal a highly collectible bra displayed on a mannequin. However, after the bra does not come loose, the two are forced to steal the whole manneq...

29 January 2018

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Alternative Comedy Now - 2nd and 3rd May 2019, University of Kent, UK

2nd and 3rd May 2019, University of Kent, UK Organised by the Popular & Comic Performance Research Centre (PCP) and the Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) On 19 May 1979, the Comedy Store opened in Soho, London and precipitated the alternative comedy movement, which would revolutionise the style, subject matter and politics of British stand-up. From this point onward, the comedy club – previously unknown...

26 January 2018

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

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

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