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From Screen to Stage: Adapting Film Texts for the Theatre

When? Friday 24 May, 2-7.30pm
Where? Gordon Square Cinema, Birkbeck School of Arts

From early modern drama to the musical theatre of the twentieth century, stage plays have frequently been realised on film. Less often, films have been adapted to create pieces of theatre. This half-day symposium invites participants to explore practices and questions emerging from the adaptation of film texts for the theatre. It focuses initially on Festen (dir. Thomas Vinterberg, 1998), the first ever Dogme95 film. In 2004, Festen was adapted for the theatre by David Eldridge, and performed at London’s Almeida Theatre before undertaking a national tour.

The symposium begins with a screening of Vinterberg’s Festen in Birkbeck Cinema. It continues with a practical workshop led by Tim Stark, director of the national theatrical tour of Eldridge’s adaptation of Festen. Working in Birkbeck’s custom-built drama studio, Stark will explore with participants the creative processes and challenges involved in transposing the story to the stage.

The day concludes with a panel discussion held in Birkbeck Cinema, in which artists and producers will discuss their experiences of adapting films for stage performance. David Eldridge (award-winning writer and Birkbeck faculty member), Jack Thorne (award-winning writer, whose adaptation of Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland opens in June 2013) and Marla Rubin (producer of the theatrical adaptations of both Festen and Let The Right One In) will participate.

Booking: Tickets are free, but you need to book your space on each part of the event.