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Public Research Seminar: Paola Botham

Public Research Seminar: Paola Botham (Birmingham City University)

Public Research Seminar Series

Date and time
05 Nov 2019 (3:30pm - 5:00pm)

Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR



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Unsettling Futures: The British Dystopian Play

At a time when disturbing political realities almost seem to be competing with the dystopian imagination, depictions of alarming futures have also multiplied on the British stage. This talk will trace the development of the dystopian play in Britain from the so-called alternative theatre movement post 1968 to current revivals and new writing, giving particular attention to the seminal feminist dystopias of Caryl Churchill and contemporary female dramatists such as Lucy Kirkwood and Debbie Tucker Green.

Dr Paola Botham is Lecturer in Drama at Birmingham City University. Her main research interest is modern and contemporary political theatre. Publications include chapters on the history play for Twenty-First Century Drama (Palgrave, 2016) and on Caryl Churchill for Modern British Playwriting (Methuen, 2012), as well as several articles in international academic journals. She is currently working on a monograph titled Political Theatre Reconstructed (Bloomsbury) and coediting the second volume of Political Performances: Theory and Practice (Brill).

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