GTRN 2021: Theatre Languages / Languages of the Stage

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Gate Theatre Research Network (GTRN) Conference will take place 28-29 January 2021. Hosted by Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway, Ireland the conference is titled, ‘Theatre Languages / Languages of the Stage: Marginality, Culture and Performance in Contemporary Europe’.

The conference was originally scheduled for June 2020, but has been postponed to January 2021 as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

Register here.

The GTRN aims to contextualise the history and impact of Ireland’s Gate Theatre by exploring how theatre speaks differently to audiences within and across diverse cultures in contemporary Europe. Upon its foundation, the Gate Theatre saw itself as Ireland’s second national theatre: it fulfilled its national remit by staging European plays, by touring Irish work to mainland Europe, and by integrating European performance practices into the Irish tradition. It therefore can be seen as an exemplary case study of how theatre can speak to both the national and the international, to unity and diversity, to the mainstream and the marginal, especially in European contexts.

This conference will directly address the history of the Gate and will focus on other theatres in order to draw out potential comparative aspects from across Europe, perhaps with a view to developing collaborative research projects in the future.

GTRN Provisional Schedule

Thursday 28 January

9.30 – Introduction and welcome

9.40 – 11.00 Panel 1

Ian Walsh , Martin Hession , Ulrike Garde

Each paper will last 20 minutes, and there will then be 20 minutes of discussion


12.00-13.00: Roundtable: Irish female dramatist at the Gate


15.30-16.30: Keynote: Joan Fitzpatrick Dean


Friday 29 January

9.30-10.30: Panel 2

David Clare and Feargal Whelan

Marguérite Corporaal


1`1.00 – 12.00: Panel 3

Shane O’Neil

Kasia Lech


12:30 Joe Vanek in conversation


14.00 – Future Research possibilities


17.00-18.00: Roundtable and Book Launch: Cultural Convergence – The Dublin Gate Theatre

Steven Galvin

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