Staging Beckett at the Margins

University of Chester, 11-12 September 2014
Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images
Call for Papers – Staging Beckett at the Margins

Staging Beckett is a three year collaborative research project undertaken by the universities of Chester, Reading, and the Victoria & Albert Museum which started in September 2012, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project explores Beckett’s impact on British and Irish theatre practice and cultures while also looking at how Beckett has been staged internationally, and it is compiling a database of professional productions of Beckett’s plays in the UK and Ireland.

Our second conference, to be held at the University of Chester, 11-12 September 2014, will focus on perceived notions of Beckett at the margins, on productions staged outside London and other major theatrical centres. What has the impact of Beckett’s drama been upon regional, small national, touring and marginal theatrical practices and cultures? What is at stake when staging Beckett in marginal cultures or lesser-known geographical areas? How does Beckett’s work move from a country’s capital city to its regions? Does Beckett’s work speak to national, or local, cultural contexts? How does it fit within established theatrical, cultural and economic infrastructures?

We are keen to hear from academics and practitioners interested in how Beckett has been, or might be, staged in areas beyond the major theatrical centres of London, Dublin, Paris, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, etc. Issues to consider might be, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Theatre and local politics
  • Cultural marginalisation
  • Small-scale productions
  • Amateur productions
  • Planned productions that failed to be realised
  • Festivals
  • Beckett in Scotland
  • Beckett in Wales
  • Beckett on tour, nationally and internationally
  • Beckett as a marginal author
  • Beckett and subaltern cultures
Please send proposals of c. 150 words to stagingbeckett@chester.ac.uk by 31 May 2014. [Read More]

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