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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. Some of our events during the course of a year will address a particular research theme. For 2016-17, our theme is transmission.

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Theatre Conversation: 'Sordid Ironies and the Short-Fingered Vulgarian: Alison Jackson's Mental Images of Donald Trump'

On Thursday 22 June, 2-4pm, we welcome Tony Perucci (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

From the beginning of his 2016 campaign for the US presidency, Donald Trump has employed the strategy of 'gaslighting' the American public - willfully challenging their sense of what is 'fact' and what is 'fiction'. As part of her Mental Images series, British photographer Alison Jackson staged scenes with a Trump lookalike of then-candidate Trump in numerous compromising situations. Depicting images of behaviour that would be disqualifying of any other politician, Jackson utilizes the 'seeming to be real' to challenge the viewer's voyeuristic desire to 'expose' Trump's misogyny and racism. As the strategy of exposure continues to be politically ineffective, Jackson's photographs of the 'in fact a fiction' creates an affective charge that performatively constructs a politics of ressentiment focused not merely towards Trump but towards the systemic problems of neoliberal capitalism.

Tony Perucci is a scholar-artist based in the US, where he is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His publications include the books Paul Robeson and The Cold War Performance Complex (Michigan, 2012) and On the Horizontal: Mary Overlie and the Viewpoints (Michigan, forthcoming).

This Theatre Conversation is co-hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre and BiGS (Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality).

GRiT: Graduate Research in Theatre

A forum for postgraduate students, academics and Centre Fellows to meet, share and discuss current scholarship and research in progress. Termly sessions focus on the Centre’s research theme, which for 2016-17 is transmission. Contact Fintan Walsh at for further information.

London Theatre Seminar

The Centre also supports the intercollegiate London Theatre Seminar, which is hosted by the Institute of English Studies, and takes place at Senate House. Sessions run from 6.30-8.30pm.

  • 12 January 2017: Researching Amateur Theatre, with Helen Nicolson (RHUL), Nadine Holdsworth (Warwick) and Jane Milling (Exeter)
  • 2 February 2017: Ayumi Fujioka (Sugiyama University, Japan and Visiting Scholar, SOAS), ‘Early 20th Century Transcultural Popular Entertainment in the British and Japanese Theatre: From Edwardian Musical Comedy to Teigeki Actress Plays’ & Jim Davis (University of Warwick), ‘Some Aspects of Anglo-Australian Cultural Exchange 1880-1960’ NB: This talk is supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) London.
  • 9 March 2017: Dariusz Kosiński (Jagiellonian University)
  • 27 April 2017: Panel on Contemporary Political Theatre, in collaboration with European Theatre Research Network with Bryce Lease (RHUL), Peter Boenisch (University of Kent), Claire Finburgh (Kent), Helen Gush (V&A) and Günter Heeg (University of Leipzig)
  • 11 May 2017: Postgraduate Panel with Jessica Worden (Brunel University London) and Yaron Shyldkrot (University of Surrey)

For more info and directions, visit the London Theatre Seminar website.