Granville Barker is arguably the greatest English theatre-maker of the twentieth century, the English Stanislavski perhaps, with work that ranges from acting and directing to writing plays, lecturing and campaigning.
This work has had a profound, if often unrecognised, influence on the development of British theatre. But, although his stature has continued to grow in recent years, his reputation has not yet returned to the pre-eminence he enjoyed in his own lifetime. To advance this process, the latest, and fascinating, additions to our knowledge about Barker are brought together in this colloquium. These include reappraisals of the relationship between his directing and politics, insights gained from staging his hitherto unperformed play Agnes Colander and fundamental re-evaluation of the contribution and importance of his second wife Helen Huntingdon.
The day’s colloquium is divided into three discussion sessions on Barker and actors, Barker and directing and Barker and his associates. Speakers so far confirmed include: Philippa Burt (Goldsmiths College), Colin Chambers (Kingston University), Naomi Frederick (Agnes in Agnes Colander), Simon Shepherd (Royal Central School), Sam Walters (ex-Orange Tree Theatre).
Date and time: Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10.30-16.30
Venue: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London NW3
To ensure appropriate time and space for shared discussion, numbers for the event are limited to 15. Anyone interested in participating should contact Philippa Burt [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Simon Shepherd [email@example.com].
The event is free. Refreshments will be served.
23 Feb 2019 - 10:00am