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17th February, 2016

Inventing The Modern Play

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17th February, 2016
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus
Free but registration required

A number of contemporary writers of fiction see themselves as interacting with, or even extending, modernism. But what about contemporary playwriting? The work of modernist writers such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter still exerts a strong influence over theatre, but does that make contemporary theatre modernist? And how is theatre’s relationship to modernism shaped by the fact that it is always performance, and never just a text? For example, does a modernist play text always make for a modernist performance? Acclaimed playwrights Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Leo Butler will discuss their work and its relationship to modernism.

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