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April 2015

Symposium on theatre, poverty and inequality

(17 April 2015)


The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures will be holding a symposium to discuss the future of theatre in the age of austerity. It will take place on Wednesday, 4 November 2015 and will involve academics, theatres, and production companies coming together to discuss theatre, poverty and inequality.

The event will also feature a brand new performance at the Martin Harris Centre. The play, ‘The House’, is a solo performance by Carran Waterfield of the Triangle Theatre. ‘The House’ is inspired by historical sources about poor women in the Victorian workhouse and contemporary debates on poverty and welfare. It draws on the performer’s research into her own family’s engagements with social welfare systems dating back to the New Poor Law of 1834. It is an ancestral epic that explores how poor women have developed techniques of self-presentation which reproduce, trick, exploit and expose the regulatory discourses that call them into appearance.

This symposium is an outcome of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Early Career Research Fellowship which sees the University working alongside theatres to explore theatre, performance and economic precarity. Collaborators in the project include: The Agency (Contact Theatre/Battersea Arts Centre), Octagon Theatre/Bolton at Home partnership, Men’s Room (Manchester), The Edge/Booth Centre Theatre Company, and the Royal Exchange Theatre/New Charter Housing partnership.

Staff from Humanities are encouraged to submit proposals for contribution to the symposium.

Find out how to submit a proposal.