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Dramaturgy on the Edge: A Dialogue Between Australia and Northern Ireland

12 May 2010

Dramaturgy on the Edge: A Dialogue Between Australia and Northern Ireland

Friday 2nd July 2010, 2- 5pm

Brian Friel Theatre, Drama and Film Centre, Queen’s University Belfast

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Mary Luckhurst, playwright, director, dramaturg and academic.


  • Dr Peter Eckersall, Associate Professor in Theatre Studies, The University of Melbourne and dramaturg with not yet it’s difficult performance company.
  • Hanna Slattne, dramaturg with Tinderbox Theatre Company, Belfast and founder member of UK Dramaturgs’ Network.
  • Dr Duška Radosavljević, dramaturg, theatre critic and academic based at the University of Kent.

This round table discussion aims to initiate a dialogue about dramaturgical practices in Northern Ireland/UK and Australia, and between dramaturgical theory and practice. Peter Eckersall will talk about the Melbourne-based Dramaturgies Project and Hanna Slattne will outline the Northern Irish Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project. Hanna will also give a demonstration of her practice with the Tinderbox Writers’ Lab.

For more information or to register interest in the event, please contact Dr Alyson Campbell a.e.campbell@qub.ac.uk or Hanna Slattne hanna.slattne@tinderbox.org.uk


The Dramaturgies Project is a research and development laboratory, established in Melbourne in 2001 by Peter Eckersall, Melanie Beddie and Paul Monaghan. It aims to explore, reflect on and give rise to dramaturgical practice in – and as a basis for – making innovative performance in Australian theatre. The recent Dramaturgies # 4 in Melbourne brought together international and Australian practitioners and academics to take stock of shifting theatrical forms in the twenty-first century; recognise existing dramaturgical paradigms and find ways to move beyond them; be a ‘national audit’ of dramaturgical practices in and for the sector; develop new ideas, new skills and recommendations for the future development of dramaturgical practices that lie at the centre of an innovative Australian theatre into the future.

For five years Tinderbox has managed, developed and administered the Northern Ireland Arts Council’s Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy fund. This fund is available to companies to do development work prior to rehearsals in order to test ideas, text and performance style. It is a unique project and has been very successful in disseminating dramaturgical exploration and processes of working within the theatre sector in Northern Ireland. Through the JSDP Hanna has worked with many of Northern Ireland’s companies on numerous projects as well as leading the extensive dramaturgy strand at Tinderbox Theatre Company. She is also a founder member of the Dramaturgs’ Network, an organisation with an aim to support practitioners, provide professional development and be an advocate for dramaturgical practice.

Professor Mary Luckhurst is a world authority on dramaturgy and the politics of selecting plays for theatre repertoires, and author of Dramaturgy: A Revolution in Theatre. She is co-founder of the new Department of Theatre, Film and TV at the University of York. She has written over 15 plays for performance which have been staged across Europe. In 2002 she founded Out of the Blue theatre company with Mike Cordner. She specialises in contemporary texts and has directed notable productions of work by Martin Crimp and Harold Pinter.

Dr Duška Radosavljević is a dramaturg, theatre critic and academic based at the University of Kent. She has worked at Northern Stage in Newcastle and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has an ongoing collaboration with Hanna Slattne and Tinderbox Theatre Company.

This is an event organised by Drama at Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration with the IFTR working group Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy. It is the first of two dramaturgy events at Queen’s University: the next will be an international conference 18 – 20 April 2011, on Translation, Performance, and Dramaturgy. This will be run with the AHRC funded Out of the Wings project.

Professor Lawrence Venuti, Queen’s University Belfast 8–9 March 2010

2 March 2010

Professor Lawrence Venuti, Queen’s University Belfast 8–9 March 2010

The Queen’s Research Forum for Translation and Cultural Encounter is hosting two seminars by Lawrence Venuti. Lawrence Venuti is Professor of English at Temple University. He is also a translator and has written and edited a number of books on translation theory. The following two seminars will take place on 8 and 9 March 2010.

All are welcome to attend.

Monday 8 March, 7.00p.m.

Queen’s University Belfast. Seminar Room, Postgraduate Centre, 18 College Green. This seminar will be followed by a wine reception.

Genealogies of Translation Theory: Jerome

This lecture offers an historical examination and ideological critique of Jerome’s famous Letter to Pammachius (395CE), exploring its relation to Roman imperial culture, on the one hand, and to an emerging Christian culture, on the other. Jerome’s letter is the most influential statement of what can be called the instrumental model of translation, the notion that translation is the reproduction or imitation of an invariant contained in or caused by the source text. Jerome’s effort to sketch a Christian translation tradition is considered as a means of legitimizing his own translation practices, but attention is also given to modern developments like Eugene Nida’s concept of dynamic equivalence. The aim is to formulate and argue for the comprehensiveness and ethical value of a hermeneutic model, the notion that translation is a variable interpretation that is culturally and historically contingent. The ethics of translation to be proposed here will draw on the work of Alain Badiou, specifically his concept of a truth‐based ethics that challenges institutionalized knowledges and communitarian interests. The instrumental model as formulated and applied by Jerome is affiliated with a Roman Christian elite whose interests are masked by its translation theory and practice.

Tuesday 9 March, 5.00p.m.

Queen’s University Belfast. Lanyon Building, Room G09

Ekphrasis, Translation, Critique

Translation theory enables a rigorous critical methodology that can advance thinking about ekphrasis, the verbal representation of visual art. The relation between such a second‐order work and its source material is not instrumental, not a reproduction or transfer of a formal or semantic invariant, but rather hermeneutic, an interpretation that varies source form and meaning through the application of an interpretant. The hermeneutic relation must be viewed as transformative because a key aspect of any interpretant is its relation to cultural traditions and social situations that differ from those of the source material. As a result, the hermeneutic relation can be treated not only as interpretive, a variable attempt to fix source form and meaning, but as interrogative, exposing the cultural and social conditions of the source material and of the second‐order work that has processed it. The critic in turn applies an interpretant, whether a critical methodology or specific interpretation, to formulate the hermeneutic relation and its interrogative effects. The lecture will review the literature on ekphrasis from the vantage point of translation theory and then develop a translation‐oriented method for reading ekphrastic texts. The case study is Rosanna Warren’s 1984 poem, “Renoir,” which is based on Renoir’s painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881).

For further information contact Professor David Johnston at d.johnston@qub.ac.uk

Twenty-first Century Spanish Theatre (2000-09)

14 November 2008

The National University of Distance Education and the Centre for Theatrical Documentation in Madrid are organising a seminar specifically on Spanish theatre written in the twenty-first century (2000-09).

For more information (in Spanish), read the Circular

Call for Abstracts, ATHE’s 2009 Spanish Golden Age Seminar

22 October 2008

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is an international collective of scholars, educators, and practitioners founded in 1986.  The association hosts an annual conference, where upwards of 1000 people gather to present panels, conduct demonstrations, meet world-famous theatre artists, and test-drive new ideas.

For the first time in ATHE’s history, this conference will feature a Seminar addressing the dramaturgy of the Siglo de OroStrategies for Reviving Plays from the Spanish Golden Age, In Class and On Stage. Through pre-conference exchanges, in-conference discussions, and post-conference networking, this Seminar offers participants (and their auditors) extraordinary opportunities to share insights, interact with international experts, and forge new developments in the field.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Nov 1, so if you’re interested in participating, read on!


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