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‘Theatre Plays on British Television’ conference programme, 19 October 2012

Studio drama recording in December 1937; from Adventure in VisionWe are delighted to announce the confirmed papers and panels for the ‘Theatre Plays on British Television’ conference, the first conference arising from the AHRC-funded Screen Plays research project. It promises to be a really valuable day of explorations and discussions.

The conference will be held at a central London venue on 19 October 2012.

Information about how to register will be posted on the Conference page of this blog at the end of April 2012. If you would like to be informed when booking opens, please email Amanda Wrigley.

Panel 1 The classical repertoire

Lisa Bolding (Department of English, University of Georgia)
The Duchess of Malfi and early British television’

Russell Jackson (Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham)
‘Stage to TV, Britain to America: the case of Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1959’

Daniel Rosenthal (independent scholar)
‘Public vs. private: how the BBC and British Home Entertainment fought to televise National Theatre productions, 1963-67’

Panel 2 Regional theatre, regional television

Lez Cooke (Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London)
‘From stage to screen: the television plays of Peter Cheeseman’s Victoria Theatre Company in Stoke-on-Trent’

John Wyver (School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster)
‘Granada’s experiment with the Stables Theatre Company, 1969-1970’

Ben Lamb (Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan)
The Roses of Eyam: reassessing the theatrical legacy of studio-shot television drama’

Panel 3 Society and politics, media and genre

Ruth Adams (Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London)
Abigail’s Party: “It’s not a question of ignorance, Laurence, it’s a question of taste” ’

Amanda Wrigley (School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster)
‘Theatre plays in the BBC and ITV Schools curricula’

Cyrielle Garson (Département d’études anglophones, Université d’Avignon)
‘Remediating the real: an examination of verbatim plays on television in the new millennium’

Panel 4 Spaces of television, spaces of theatre

Billy Smart (Department of Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading)
‘Three different Cherry Orchards, three different worlds: Chekhov at the BBC, 1962-1981’

Jonathan Bignell (Department of Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading)
‘Screen and stage space in Beckett’s theatre plays on television’

Stephen Lacey (Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan)
‘Television’s natural disposition? An analysis of Naturalism and performance in relation to the BBC’s Performance series’

Special screening event, with clips from productions of plays by Fugard, Gorky and Shakespeare, presented by Lisa Kerrigan (British Film Institute): ‘Recordings and rediscoveries: the WNET collection at the Library of Congress and the BFI National Archive’



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