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Staging Beckett is a three year collaborative research project undertaken by the universities of Chester, Reading, and the Victoria & Albert Museum which started in September 2012, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project explores Beckett’s impact on British and Irish theatre practice and cultures while also looking at how Beckett has been staged internationally, and it is compiling a database of professional productions of Beckett’s plays in the UK and Ireland.
What has the impact of Beckett’s drama been upon regional, small national, touring and marginal theatrical practices and cultures? What is at stake when staging Beckett in marginal cultures or lesser-known geographical areas?
Our second conference, to be held at Kingsway, University of Chester, 11-12 September 2014, will focus on perceived notions of Beckett at the margins, on productions staged outside London and other major theatrical centres. What has the impact of Beckett’s drama been upon regional, small national, touring and marginal theatrical practices and cultures? What is at stake when staging Beckett in marginal cultures or lesser-known geographical areas? How does Beckett’s work move from a country’s capital city to its regions? Does Beckett’s work speak to national, or local, cultural contexts? How does it fit within established theatrical, cultural and economic infrastructures?
Keynote presentation by Professor Carl Lavery (University of Glasgow): "Gardening with Beckett: Cultivating the Marginal".
We have speakers coming from all over the world to talk about these topics and we expect this international aspect of the conference to be particularly productive. We hope to see you there!
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Further information on the project, including a list of our research outputs to date, can be found here.
We are also delighted to present an exhibition of contemporary visual art and graphic design entitled ‘Seeing Beckett’, exclusively at the conference in advance of its appearance at Liverpool Irish Festival.
Our blog can be found here.
Conference organisers: Professor David Pattie & Dr David Tucker
Registration costs are £50 per day for full-time employed, £30 per day all others.
The conference dinner, which will take place on Thursday evening, costs £20. You can pay for this at the same time as registering for the conference.
Information on how to get to Chester and find Kingsway Campus can be found here.
Information on Kingsway campus can be found here.
Chester Races take place on 12th September, so we advise that you book accommodation early, if required.
Kingsway campus is very close to a range of hotels and B&B’s on Hoole Road. They include:
If you prefer to be in the city centre, options include:
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.