"Theatre and Politics: Theatre as Cultural Intervention"

22nd Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English, 30 May –2 June 2013, Prague.




10:00-15:30 CDE Postgraduate Forum

15:30-17:30 CDE Steering Committee Meeting

18:00-19:00 Dinner

19:00-19:30 Conference Opening

19:30-20:30 Keynote 1: Alan Read, From Theatre & Everyday Life to Theatre in the Expanded Field: Performance Between Community and Immunity

21:00 Conference Warming


FRIDAY, 31 MAY 2013

9:00-10:00 Panel 1

Trish Reid, Glasgow Girls: Reclaiming a Politics of Sincerity

Barry Hall, American Political Theater Now: Fragmented voices, Diminished Expectations

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30-12:00 Panel 2

Ariane de Waal, The Politics of Representing the Enemy: (Sub)Versions of the Them/Us Dichotomy in Contemporary British War Drama

Julia Boll, Between Homeland and Exile: Witnessing the homo sacer at the Heart of Hotel Medea

Marilena Zaroulia, Performing the Invisible Other: The Politics of Displacement in Contemporary British Theatre

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Panel 3

Claudia Georgi, Gob Squad’s Act of Rebellion—Revolution Now!

Cyrielle Garson, Remixing Politics: The Case of Headphone-verbatim Theatre in Britain

Patrick Lonergan, Social Media in Contemporary Theatre/Social Media As Contemporary Theatre

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-16:30 Keynote 2: Tim Crouch in conversation with Aleks Sierz

Evening: Theatre night at the Prague Fringe Festival (optional)



9:00-10:30 Panel 4

Katie Beswick, The Representation of Council Estates. Authentic Authors: Politics, Voices and the Ethics of Representation

Siân Adiseshiah, “Chavs”, “Gyppos” and “Scum”? Performing Proletarianism in the Twenty-first Century

Lucia Krämer, The Aesthetics of Community Building in London Road (2011)

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-12:00 Keynote 3: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti in conversation with Aleks Sierz

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Panel 5

Paola Botham, Howard Brenton and the Improbable Revival of the Brechtian History Play

Cristina Delgado-García, Making Time, Undoing Habitus: Equality and Emancipation in Quarantine’s Entitled

Sarah Grochala, Going Straight: The Politics of Time and Space in David Eldridge’s Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness

14:30-15:00 Coffee

15:00-17:30 CDE Annual General Meeting

18:00-20:00 Optional walking tour of theatrical and cinematic Prague



9:00-10:00 Keynote 4: Nadine Holdsworth, “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”: Staging Treatments of Riots in Recent British Theatre

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30-12:00 Panel 6

Ellen Redling, Yes we can … think! An Aesthetics of Reflection in Contemporary British Political Drama

Nicola Abram, Aesthetic Innovation as Political Intervention: debbie tucker green’s post-millennial plays

Rebecca Hillman, (Re)constructing political theatre: negotiating discursive and practical frameworks for theatre as an agent for change

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:30 End of Conference



includes an optional walking tour of theatrical and cinematic Prague (Saturday evening), and an optional night at the Prague Fringe Festival (Friday). For details of how to purchase the tickets for the Festival, please see below.



Dear CDE 2013 delegates,

Welcome to Fringe Festival Praha 2013.

Fringe are delighted that your conference coincides with Fringe 2013, it seems like a match made in heaven!

Fringe Festival Praha 'The famous Edinburgh Festival's naughty grandchild' (Prague Post 2009) has welcomed over 600 companies and 1000s of theatre goers to the heart of the city from all over the world since its inception in 2001.

Rightly known for its fun, friendly, intimate atmosphere embraced by audiences and performers alike this boutique event - 9 evenings of comedy, theatre and music in unique venues throughout beautiful Malá Strana (including A Studio Rubín) offers something to suit every taste.

Fringe is an international festival based in the Czech capital, presenting shows from all over the world (previously UK, Japan, Norway, USA, Holland, France, Serbia, Ireland, India, Canada, Singapore and Italy as well as Czech Republic); most are very visual and last for 45-60 minutes. This means you can see several shows over the course of an evening. We would love you to join us!

The programme for Friday 31 May is available here: . This is also where you can purchase tickets for the individual shows; please note that the Ticketstream sales window opens initially in Czech - click on "English" in the top left hand corner. Please make sure to book early, as the number of seats is limited.

Thank you!

Steve Gove and Carol Wears

directors of Prague Fringe


Fringe would like to recommend:

A Dog’s Heart - Simian Features (UK), Divadlo Inspirace

City of Lions and Gods - Saiah Arts (USA), Malostranská Beseda

Dojo-Ji - Makoto Inoue Ind (Japan), Divadlo Na Prádle

The House That Jack Built - Multistory Theatre (UK), Divadlo Inspirace

Kafka and Son - Theaturtle/Threshold (Canada), Divadlo Na Prádle

Ragulabuggla – Tale of an Environmental Refugee - Theatreact (Sweden/India), Divadlo Na Prádle

Stuperstition - DL Productions, A Studio Rubín


And for some late night naughtiness @ Malostranská Beseda

Scott Agnew: Tales of the Sauna (Scotland)

Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol (England)