Staging History: Call for Contributions

Creative Histories of Witchcraft

A one-day workshop at the University of Bristol

26th April 2019

This one-day workshop addresses collaborations between academic history, heritage, and theatre.

Such collaborations have been of obvious interest to heritage organizations, as a way of communicating the past to diverse publics. Theatre performances have also become a well-established route to ‘impact’ for academic researchers, while some forms of playwrighting, such as the ‘theatre of the real’, and ‘documentary’ or ‘verbatim theatre’ have moved ever closer to the methods and sources of historical research. Collaborations can become research processes in their own rights, as creative practitioners and researchers learn from one another.

This one-day workshop brings together playwrights, historians, and theatre professionals. Themes for discussion include:

Theatre as practice-based historical research

The ethics of staging histories

Historical performance as entertainment

Definitions of ‘truthfulness’ and accuracy in theatrical performances

The functions and purposes of performing histories

Interactive histories

Musical theatre, dance…

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