Public Event: Theatre, ‘togetherness’ and community

Hosted by the AHRC network on Porous Dramaturgy, University of Kent and University of Exeter. Project partners: Shadow Casters, Croatia; Tinderbox Theatre, Northern Ireland.

3.00-5.00PM, Friday 22.02.2012

Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury

Panellists: Phelim McDermott (Improbable), Alan Lyddiard (Performance Ensemble/ The Cyrenians), Kully Thiarai (CAST), Jason Hird (Institute of Crazy Dancing) and Professor Sally Mackey (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

‘Immersive’, ‘interactive’, ‘site-specific’…these words are often used of contemporary performance events, and they cover a wide range of possible approaches. This panel will discuss the potential political significance of audience immersion, interaction or engagement with the site of performance. What kinds of community, if any, might such ‘porous’ artworks prompt, engage or question? How can we see this evidenced in practice? And how does this relate to the work and aims of art producers and their venues?