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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Edinburgh Fringe review roundup

As the Edinburgh Festival continues, we're thrilled to announce that our own graduates have received first-class reviews from the press for their performances. Jimmy McGhie, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama in 2002, performed his 9th show at the Fringe, called – appropriately enough – Jimmy McGhie BA (Hons) at the Pear Tree. The Scotsman newspaper included his show in its 'Best Comedy Shows to See This Year' feature. Laura...

21 August 2019

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Further alumni at the Edinburgh Fringe

Further to our announcement about our alumni featuring at the Edinburgh Festival, we're pleased to announce that alumna Invi Brenna, who completed an MA in Theatre Making in 2016 , will be performing in Love and Misinformation by theatre company The Improvised Play at the Greenside theatre at the Royal Terrace, from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 August 2019. Love and Misinformation is a spontaneous play in the style of Caryl Churchill. Connected and heartfel...

16 August 2019

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Moving Memory to perform 'Love Grows'

Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, created by Sian Stevenson, Senior Tutor and Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in the School of Arts, will be performing ‘Love Grows’ at The Gulbenkian, the University’s on-campus commercial cinema and theatre, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019. The performance is part of the bOing! Family festival 2019. The show will celebrate love between generations, telling stories of love and friendship which emer...

14 August 2019

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Alumni theatre company Last Fleet Theatre at the Camden Fringe

Last Fleet Theatre, a theatrical company formed by a trio of Kent graduates, is currently performing a show at the Camden Fringe. The show is entitled Is This The End For Captain Space? Captain Space has always compared herself to the likes of earth legends Han Solo and Captain Kirk, only much cooler, and with better hair. She has spent her life traversing the galaxy, righting wrongs and having high concept adventures. But ...

8 August 2019

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PhD student Kasia Senyszyn writes on accessible theatre for The Stage

Kasia Senyszyn, who is studying for a PhD in Drama by Research in the School of Arts, supported by the Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship, has just contributed an opinion piece for The Stage on making theatre inclusive. Established in 1880, The Stage is a British weekly newspaper for the entertainment industry, with a particular focus on theatre. In her article, entitled 'It's Time For Action, Not Excuses, O...

8 August 2019

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