PROGRAMME: Friday 10 November

‘APPROACHES TO THEATRE IN THE ROUND’

12.00 – 1.45pm Mansfield Cooper Building room 2.03 (65 on the campus map)
Venue adjacent to the Stephen Joseph Studio (the old ‘German Church’ – 66 on the campus map)

Welcome Kate Dorney & Tony Jackson
1960s Alumni

2.00 – 3.40pm John Thaw Studio, Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama (42 on the campus map)
Welcome & introduction from Kate Dorney

Students, Professional Directors, Drama Staff and Alumni
First Year Drama students share their Theatre-in-the-Round workshop presentations

3.40 – 4.50pm – Q&A on the workshops
Chair: Alison Jeffers

  • What was learnt from the workshops?
  • What questions about theatre in the round were raised for students?
  • Implications for performer & audience?

Response Panel 1:
Alison Jeffers with professional directors: Gwenda Hughes, Elisabeth NewmanTeunkie van der Sluijs and Matthew Xia

Response Panel 2
Chair: Kate Dorney with Peter Thomson, Chris Baugh, Joanna Tope(Peter) Ellis Jones and George Taylor

  • What has Stephen Joseph got to do with this?
  • Who was he and what did he do at Manchester, 1962-66?
  • Why do his ideas and practice still matter?

Chris Baugh: “Who wants to spend good money to see Hamlet’s arse?” SJ’s influence on a drama graduate’s development and thinking, with some tutorial and rehearsal reminiscence

George Taylor: ‘Doing the undoable’ Elaborating on SJ’s theatrical and educational legacy of learning (through doing and breaking conventions) 


4.50pm Break

5.00 – 7.00pm Venue: Martin Harris Centre – G16 Welcome from Jenny Hughes, Head of Drama

Wine & nibbles Reception.

Continuation of informal discussions on SJ at Manchester and his legacy, including: 


  • Bob Millington: from the archives: ‘Stephen Joseph’s way with words’ – brief extracts from SJ’s correspondence (Part 1)
  • Peter Thomson – An imagined dialogue between Stephen Joseph, Hugh Hunt & Drama Staff in 1964