Full Lineup for University of Reading's TURNING THE PAGE: CREATING NEW WRITING Announced
Timberlake Wertenbaker, Roy Williams and David Edgar join Simon Stephens for 'Turning the Page: Creating New Writing (1945-2013)' at the University of Reading on Friday 13th -Saturday 14th September 2013.
In the last of three conferences organized by the AHRC-funded project, '"Giving Voice to the Nation: The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Development of Theatre and Performance in Britain 1945 - 1995"', 'Turning the Page: Creating New Writing (1945-2013)' seeks to chart and explore the peaks and troughs of New Writing since the advent of state subsidy to the arts. With a specific focus upon fostering dialogue across the decades, this conference brings together academics, practitioners, funders and policy-makers to share knowledge, perspectives and insights into the histories, practices and discourses of 'New Writing'.
Wertenbaker, Williams, Edgar and Stephens will be joined by fellow practitioners and academics Jonathan Petherbridge, Michael Raab, Steven Atkinson, Fin Kennedy, Andy Smith and Dan Rebellato reflecting on 'Two Kingdoms: England vs Germany', 'Participation and Agitation', 'Changing Landscapes' and 'From Ink to Inc.: New Writing Today'.
The conference will also see representatives from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, LAMDA and RAda Talk about the importance of commissioning new writing in actor training institutes, alongside over 25 academics delivering papers on a variety of topics including 'Theatre for Young People', 'Text / Non-Text Based Theatre', 'Institutions and Networks', 'Authors and Authorship', 'Dramaturgy and Playwriting' and 'The Arts Council and New Writing'.
Award Winning playwright David Edgar said:
"Following last year's conference on subsidy and patronage, I'm very pleased to be speaking at this year's conference. Despite recent hostility to the written play among some scholars, critics and funders, new writing has been and remains one of the great success stories of postwar British theatre, and I'm looking forward to defending its importance and discussing how to create conditions in which it can continue to flourish."