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.


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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On 19th February 2017 at the Theatre Royal Brighton, the Threadbare Theatre Company, in association with Gateways to the First World War and Dr Helen Brooks, presented two short plays from iconic writers of the era: The Boy Comes Home by A.A.Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh) and The New Word byJ.M.Barrie (Peter Pan) which were written during one of the most troubling times our country has ever seen, a war that would change the face of the modern world. Click the links above to watch videos of the ...

3 March 2017

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Join 'Recovering First World War Theatre'

An invitation to join Recovering First World War Theatre… A nationwide community project researching war plays written and performed during the Great War. Are you interested in the First World War? Do you like learning about theatrical and cultural history? Would you like to research long-lost plays? Are you looking to develop new skills? If so, then here is a chance to be part of an exciting research project run by Dr Helen Brooks, Gat...

27 February 2017

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