2017-18

Theatre Conversation: David Eldridge on Beginning (National Theatre, 2017)
Friday 3 November 2017, 5.30-6.30pm, G10

David Eldridge’s new play Beginning opened at the National Theatre in October 2017. In this Theatre Conversation, David will discuss the process by which he created this work, which sees a relationship awkwardly developing at the end of a housewarming party in the early hours, staged in real time.

All are welcome, and there is no need to book.

Nights at the Circus


Friday 17 November 2017, 6-8pm, G10

In a post-apocalyptic world the circus is forced to perform. As the night plays out the performers slip between their stage personas and the person they dream to be; trapped by their own desires and lusting after new sensations. A collaboration between learning-disabled and non-disabled artists exploring sex, desire and violence.
16+. Running time: 55 mins + post-show Q&A with director Fauve Alice.
Presented by Fauve Alice and Spare Tyre
Hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre with support from Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality
Places are free but booking is essential. Click here to book.

Two-Lane Black Top 
Monday 27 November, 2pm, Birkbeck Cinema
Join us for a screening of Monte Hellman’s iconic road movie Two Lane Black Top (102 mins), with introduction and discussion by Centre Fellow Andrew Dickson.

Theatre Conversation: Hannah Khalil
Monday 11 December 2017, 7.30pm, G10
Join us for a dialogue between playwright Hannah Khalil and screenwriter and Birkbeck lecturer Daragh Carville. Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil is one of the most exciting new voices in British theatre. Her play Scenes from 68* Years ran at the Arcola Theatre in 2016 and has been nominated for the James Tate Black Award. Her new play The Scar Test opened at the Soho Theatre in July 2017.

Researching (with) Difficult Feelings
Thursday 14-Friday 15 December 2017, Keynes Library
This two-day training workshop aimed at CHASE PhD students focuses on the study of and dealing with difficult feelings in theatre, performance and humanities research. The Friday keynote by Jennifer Doyle is open to the public, though places are limited. For more information, visit here.

GRiT: Graduate Research in Theatre
Graduate Research in Theatre is our termly research seminar, featuring presentations by visiting scholars, faculty and graduate students.
Autumn term: Thursday 2 November, 4pm, G04: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal (Birkbeck)