Forthcoming events

We curate a diverse programme of events, consisting of workshops, seminars, lectures, symposia and performances.  The majority of our events are open to public audiences. Unless otherwise stated, they are free of charge to attend, and take place in Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square. Some of our events during the course of a year will address a particular research theme. For 2018-19, our theme is displacement.

Birkbeck Arts Week 2019

On each day of this year’s annual festival staged by the School of Arts, Centre members, Fellows, visiting artists, graduates and students present a series of talks, screenings and performances. All events take place at Birkbeck School of Arts and are free of charge to attend, with the exception of HUMAN JAM at Camden People’s Theatre.

Monday 20 May

  • Silencing the virus | 5.45-7.00pm | Book your ticket
    Room G10, 43 Gordon Square. (15-min performance slots at 5.45, 6.15 & 6.45). Explore the threat to bees in this immersive digital performance combining art, science and technology, created by a computer scientist, a molecular scientist and a composer. An audio virus will spread through the performance space, starting with one audience member as patient zero.
  • Rebellion 2: taking back control. Ireland’s bloody departure from the Union with Great Britain | 7.40-9.40pm |  Book your ticket
    Cinema, 43 Gordon Square. A screening of the first episode of Rebellion 2, Birkbeck’s Colin Teevan’s Netflix series, sequel to Rebellion (2016). In this centenary year of the secession of the Irish parliament from Westminster, join the author of Rebellion and eminent writers and academics including Dermot Hodson (Birkbeck).
  • Archaeology of memory: documentary theatre at Moscow’s Sakharov Centre | 7.45-9.00pm | Book your ticket
    Room G04, 43 Gordon Square. Russian theatre director Anastasia Patlay offers a rare masterclass on her work with historical documents in performance. Patlay, curator of the Sakharov Centre’s programme, speaks about their use of archival materials onstage and the complexities of performing the Soviet past in the present.

Tuesday 21 May

  • The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov (2017) | 2-5pm | Book your ticket
    Cinema, 43 Gordon Square. Askold Kurov’s documentary, about the arrest and imprisonment of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov by Russian FSB, investigates the truth behind this show trial. Watch and discuss with Molly Flynn (Birkbeck), Rory Finnin and Josephine von Zitzewitz (Cambridge), Olesya Khromeychuk (Kings).
  • Theatre scratch night | 6-7.30pm | Book your ticket
    Room G10, 43 Gordon Square. Students from our theatre and creative writing programmes share their work in progress. The evening includes the first showing of several short new plays. From workshops to finished pieces, experience the processes and products of our creative factory.

Wednesday 22 May

  • Her Figure a Song | 7-8.30pm | Book your ticket
    Room G10, 43 Gordon Square. Her Figure a Song stages an extended eavesdropped investigation of the East Coast of the UK. This new performance by Johanna Linsley and Rebecca Collins is part experimental documentary, part eco-fable, part detective thriller.

Thursday 23 May

  • Testimony: a theatrical exploration | 6-7.30pm | Book your ticket
    Room G10, 43 Gordon Square. 
    Testimony is inspired by, and a response to, the religious writings and utterances of three Calvinist women in the 17th century – Hannah Allen, Anna Trapnel and Sarah Wight. Students on the MFA Theatre Directing present a devised exploration.

Friday 24 May

  • Damien by Aldyth Morris: Daniel Finlay one man show | 5-7.00pm | Book your ticket
    Room G10, 43 Gordon Square. This show tells the extraordinary story of Father Damien de Veuster, the leper priest of Moloka’i and patron saint of outcasts. Daniel Finlay’s passionate channelling takes its cue from our own times and Father Damien’s canonisation at the Vatican on October 11, 2009.
  • The violent household II: John Milton’s will | 6-7.30pm | Book your ticket
    Room G04, 43 Gordon Square. Eleanor Warr’s play Cry up Liberty explores Milton’s will, his daughters and the law to examine inheritance, family rage and violence. She directs a rehearsed reading, followed by a panel discussion.

All week

  • Camden People’s Theatre presents HUMAN JAM | 7 – 25 May, 7.15pm |
    Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London
    NW1 2PY | Tickets £12 (£10) | Book your ticket
    How do you excavate 63,000 bodies? Where will they go? And what will be uncovered by all this digging? In St James’ Gardens, right on CPT’s doorstep, the biggest exhumation of graves in European history is taking place. Parks and pubs are closing, too. People are losing their homes and businesses. All to make way for HS2’s new railway terminal. “We late-lamented, resting here, / Are mixed to human jam” CPT’s epic new docu-theatre event digs deep into a small but stubborn community, an £80bn infrastructure project – and the ghosts of Euston past. Supported by the Birkbeck Public Engagement Seed Fund.

GRiT: Graduate Research in Theatre

Graduate Research in Theatre is our termly research seminar, featuring presentations by visiting scholars, faculty and graduate students. There is no need to book in advance to attend.

  • Wednesday 28 November, 4-5pm (Keynes Library): Alyson Campbell (University of Melbourne)
  • Wednesday 13 February, 4-5pm (Room 106): Daragh Carville (playwright, screenwriter and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck)
  • Wednesday 20 March, 4-5pm (106): Sasha Dovzhyk (Birkbeck)
  • Wednesday 8 May, 4-5pm (106): Hannah Barton (Birkbeck)

London Theatre Seminar

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre also supports London Theatre Seminar, hosted by the Institute of English Studies at Senate House. For the schedule of seminars for 2018-19, click here.