Dr Vicky Angelaki: The Performativity of Climate Crisis

Wednesday 20 November, 14:10, Room 111

The Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and the KREAS project cordially invite you to the lecture "Contemporary Theatre and Environment: The Performativity of Climate Crisis" by Dr Vicky Angelaki. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 20 November at 14:10 in Room 111. All welcome.

Abstract: In the recent period we have been seeing a welcome, considerable growth in the amount of plays and performances more broadly conceived that concentrate on nature, the environment, ecology and, of course, climate crisis as their primary focal point. We have also been witnessing a notable growth in interdisciplinary eco-criticism, with strong representation in the area more broadly defined as Theatre Studies. What renders the discipline - and the practice it engages with - so distinct, is, of course, its interactive element: by this I indicate both spectatorial engagement and the possibility that scholarship can deliver an impact on how 'green', or at least 'greener' performances can be created - in terms of content, as well as mode of production/staging. In this talk I will be discussing these concerns, drawing on my work on eco-criticism and contemporary drama/performance and on my recent book Theatre & Environment (2019), to argue for the significance of the 'green turn' in Theatre Studies and to consider its wide-ranging iterations.

Dr. Vicky Angelaki is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Reading, UK. Her research concentrates on drama/theatre and society, with particular emphases on eco-criticism, and the relationship between the aesthetics and politics of performance. Major publications include the monographs The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange (2012); Social and Political Theatre in 21st-Century Britain: Staging Crisis (2017) and Theatre & Environment (2019); as well as the edited collection Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground (2013; 2016). Angelaki is also the co-editor of the series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance and of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to British Playwriting since 1945.

The event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund-Project "Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000734)