Theatre Materials/ Material Theatres

Theatre Materials/ Material Theatres Conference

17th-18th April 2008.

A two day programme of events, including key notes, roundtables, performances and workshops, taking place at the Central School of Speech and Drama

Expect fresh, honest dialogue that cuts across the conventional barriers between academics, students and industry professionals with guests from around the world, including Anne Bogart, Martin Green and Pamela Howard...

This year's conference promises to be better than ever before. Expect the unexpected- spontaneous tea parties, a fire-breathing mechanical horse, 'guerilla' light installations and much more...

Join us as we ask:

What is theatre made of? What is its matter, and what is the matter with it?


Keynotes and Presentations

We invite you to join us to debate, discuss and explore the heart of the matter- the materiality of theatre- with scholars, artists and practitioners. What is its matter and what is the matter with it?

Each day opens with a key note address, on Thursday from Anne Bogart and Friday from Professor Alan Read, then you will be spoilt for choice with a wealth of papers and presentations and roundtable discussions, rounded off each day with a plenary session led by an international team of respondents.


The Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre is CETT) is taking part in 'Climate Change Action Plan for London Theatre', sponsored by the Mayor's office, with a series of focused discussions and open access forums.
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Creative Enterprise

A roundtable discussion will investigate the entrepreneurial artist, and reflect on the challenge to higher education institutes to generate creative enterprise amongst arts students. Find out more about innovative residency programmes at both the Puppetry Centre, BAC and within the Central School of Speech and Drama

Street Arts

The conference will feature a very special social space: The Philosophers' Tea Party and The Bar of Ideas, created by street arts professionals working alongside a team of Central students. An interactive zone for the contemplation and sharing of thoughts generated by the conference, laced with performances and fully catered by a charismatic team of hosts. More.