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Call for Papers: Tragedy and the Contemporary

Tragedy and the Contemporary
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Saturday 7 May 2016
Guest Speakers: Zinnie Harris, Dominic Hill, David Greig, Graham Eatough, Graham McLaren, Mark Brown.
Call for Papers
The TaPRA Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group is hosting an interim event around This Restless House, Zinnie Harris’ adaptation of Aeschylus’s Oresteia, directed by Dominic Hill at the Citizens Theatre Glasgow. This one-day event (7 May 2016), to be held at the Citizens Theatre, will include an opportunity to see all three parts of This Restless House, and a work-in-progress version of director/writer Graham Eatough’s piece on tragedy and the contemporary. The event will also include discussions about the two productions with their creative teams; a conversation about tragedy between contemporary theatre-makers in Scotland; and academic presentations on tragedy and the contemporary. The event will enable and encourage exchange between scholars, theatre-makers and the general public.
Confirmed speakers are Zinnie Harris (Playwright, Associate Director Traverse Theatre Edinburgh), Dominic Hill (Artistic Director Citizens Theatre Glasgow), David Grieg (playwright, Artistic Director Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), Graham Eatough (performance maker and visual artist, University of Glasgow), Graham McLaren (Associate Director, National Theatre of Scotland), and Mark Brown (Theatre Critic, The Sunday Herald).
The day of discussions will address questions of how the recent interest in theatrical tragedy – modern adaptations of classics as well as new plays – might reflect the accelerating social, political and ecological crises of the early twenty-first century.  We are interested in discussing this question both in relation to writers’ and directors’ creative outputs, and to Scottish theatre in general.
We invite 15-minute papers on any subjects relating to tragedy and the contemporary, and also welcome other presentation formats. Topics might include, but are not restricted to:
·       Tragedy and social, political or economic crisis
·       Tragedy, ruins and self-destruction
·       Tragedy, survivability and resilience
·       Tragedy as transgression and rebellion
·       Tragedy and new theatre writing
·       Tragedy in postdramatic performance
Please send a 300-word abstract and a short biography to Sam Haddow ( and Clare Finburgh ( by 15 February 2016.

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