Conference 19: Centre Stage - artist and audience at the heart of theatres
15th October 2019, Battersea Arts Centre
The programme will include presentations from a range of artists, theatre operators, and architects from across the UK.
Plenary speakers include celebrated sociologist and urbanist Professor Richard Sennett, who chairs Theatrum Mundi, a network of artists, critics and scholars who explore the relations between stage and street, Rebecca Holt, Battersea Arts Centre and the architect who worked on its recent restoration, Martin Lydon, Haworth Tompkins.
Taking part in an Artists’ Panel Discussion are: Nadia Fall, Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director & CEO, Battersea Arts Centre, Joe Douglas, Artistic Director, Live Theatre, Newcastle and Bryony Shanahan, Associate Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Manchester.
David Micklem, 64 Million Artists, Hannah Fox, Derby Museums and Matt Fenton, Contact, Manchester along with members of the Con:Struct young people’s capital project team will offer their thoughts and experience of democratic design.
Punchdrunk, Theatre Absolute, Theatre Deli and Troubadour Theatres – undoubtedly some of the biggest names in working in non-traditional theatres – will discuss their motivations for working in these spaces and the possibilities they create for artists and audiences.
Devonshire Park Theatres, Polka and Theatre Royal Wakefield will talk about how to adapt and use theatres to make them truly accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all audiences.
A lightening round will give conference attendees a taste of current theatre building trends across the UK and the people considerations informing them. Featured theatres include: Birimingham Repertory Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Fairfield Halls, Leeds Playhouse, Shakespeare North, Theatr Clwyd.