The fifteenth triennial colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval 2016

Call for Productions

The fifteenth triennial colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval, jointly sponsored by the North East research team of Records of Early English Drama, will be held in Durham, England on 7-12 July, 2016.  For details of the colloquium please visit the web site.

Performances of relevant dramatic pieces have long been intrinsic to these triennial conferences. This is a general call for productions to be contributed to the colloquium and festival.

There will be five general themes for the conference, and production proposals relating to these themes are particularly welcome:

1.Performing Latin
2.Archive-based research
3.Reformation, Recusant and Humanist Drama
4.Revivals, Reinventions, Inventions
5.Paratheatrical Performative Tradition / Ritual and Festive Culture

Please indicate in your proposal the theme to which your production relates.

In addition, it is envisaged that a strand of enquiry for the conference will be the question: ‘Why do modern producers and directors stage medieval drama?’ It would be very helpful and of great interest if, in your production proposal, you could give a personal response to this question.

PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS: A number of beautiful and historic venues in Durham will be available to the conference for performances; the conference’s Performance Committee will allocate venues to productions which are accepted for inclusion in the programme. To facilitate this it would be helpful if proposals could include the following information, in addition to the title of the play and the name of the group of players:

•Cast size
•Staging space required
•Any particular production desiderata eg different performance levels, indoor or outdoor performance
•Special effects which might need to be accommodated

Each production will be given once at the conference (in exceptional circumstances twice): all productions will be open to conference delegates; some productions will be open also to the general public of Durham.

FUNDING: Proposers of productions are responsible for funding travel to and from the conference for all those involved in their production, and for meeting production costs. It is possible that there may be some sponsorship available to meet accommodation costs. For productions travelling from outside the UK, it is possible too that help may be provided in the form of costume and prop loans, but this will have to be negotiated in relation to individual productions. Those offering productions should aim to include funding for accommodation in their applications to other funding bodies.

DEADLINE: The deadline for submitting your production proposal is December 31, 2014.

Proposals for productions should be sent to Professor Elisabeth Dutton:

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