Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre
Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre is devoted to fostering a critical and creative culture in which artists can develop their practice. We offer practitioners the opportunity to engage in dialogue with theatre critics and scholars, to pursue and research current theatre projects, and to benefit from the expertise available at Birkbeck. Through our work, theatre makers, writers, scholars and critics make use of the resources available in our Arts building at 43 Gordon Square. We also host a range of public workshops, talks and symposia exploring contemporary theatre, as part of Birkbecks annual Arts Week and our own programme of events. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Centres work is closely associated with Birkbeck's degree programmes in Theatre Studies, Directing, Producing and Creative Writing.
- Writing for a Shakespearean Stage: New Plays for the Globe, a round-table discussion chaired by Gill Woods, with contributions from playwrights David Eldridge, Jessica Swale and Ché Walker
- The Acts Between, a performance installation created by students on BA Theatre and Drama
- MIRANDO, a queer re-imagining of The Tempest by award-winning company Theatre North
- Theatre Scratch Night, an evening of new work by theatre and creative writing students from BA to PhD
- Theatre Conversation: Theatres of Nostalgia, a round-table discussion debating theatre, performance and the past, with contributions from Aoife Monks, Louise Owen, Rob Swain, Andrew McKinnon and David Eldridge
- Composing Performance, a workshop led by honorary research fellow Peader Kirk
- Vice, a new jazz opera with libretto by Sue Curtis and composed by Jools Scott, re-imagining Middleton's 1607 play The Revengers Tragedy. Directed by Rob Swain. Supported by Arts Council England
Alongside our Honorary Research Fellows, the Centre's members are: