Högre seminarium med Liz Tomlin
30 November 2016, 4-6 pm
The Promise of the Real
Head of Drama and Theatre Arts
Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
University of Birmingham, UK
This seminar will look at the recent trend, in UK performance, of positioning ‘real’
people as participants in performances in which the material depends entirely on the
contribution of those taking part. Analysis of Kaleider's The Money and Coney's Early
Days (of a Better Nation) will be undertaken in the light of recent right-wing political
rhetoric about 'real, ordinary' people who have been held up as superior to the 'elite',
or the 'experts', to catastrophic effect.
Liz Tomlin’s research sits in the broad area of contemporary theatre and performance,
practice-based research, political and cultural theory and theatre-making techniques
including writing for theatre and performance. Her monograph Acts and Apparitions:
Discourses on the Real in Performance Practice and Theory 1990 - 2010 (2013)
interrogated the ideological discourse of the real and the application of post-
structuralism in the analysis of contemporary theatre. She has recently edited volume 3
of British Theatre Companies (1995-2014) and is currently working on a monograph
exploring the politics of theatre spectatorship. Liz was previously a writer and director
with Point Blank Theatre (1999-2009), is on the Editorial Board of Theatre Research
International, and is a member of the recently established Council for External
Monitoring at Malmö Theatre Academy.
Please send a notification to jenny [dot] manstrom [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] se if you intend to come.