Tim Prentki in conversation with Professor Victor Merriman
Wednesday 27 February
Herbert Jarman Building 028, King Alfred Quarter, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR
Tim Prentki will be in conversation with Professor Victor Merriman who is the Director of the Performance and Civic Futures Research Group at Edge Hill University. Arising from his work in this context he has authored a monograph for Palgrave Pivot, due to be published in March 2019, Austerity and the Public Role of Drama: performing lives-in-common. Following an analysis of the current socio-cultural climate of England, Professor Merriman explores how the ancient, live form of drama might be used to restore and create spaces for public debate on social issues.
Victor will also focus on a specific outcome from the Research Group: the establishment of the One Hour Theatre Company for which Tim has written three scripts to date. These works attempt to use connections between current political debates and particular Shakespeare plays to draw in audiences for whom the scripts act as discussion triggers. The first half of an event being a performance and the second the discussion. So far OHTC has created A Pound of Flesh (The Merchant of Venice and The Tempest) on racism and identity, Half Measures (Measure for Measure) on trafficking and gender, Lear in Brexitland (King Lear) on identity, Britishness and the EU, and Empires’ Edge, Passions’ Pledge (Twelfth Night) on migration and power.
In Conversation With is an event series presented by the Centre for Performance Practice and Research (CPPR) at the University of Winchester. Each event features one member of CPPR in conversation with an invited external researcher or artist about their current research interests.
This first series will offer insights into ideas pertaining to performance practice and its application in the social sphere, covering a lively range of topics including, dance and dramaturgy; ‘place’ and creative activism; urban butho; gaslighting, coercion and control; performance as public debate; Brazilian applied theatre and solidarity in performance.
Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the event.