Society for Theatre Research offers free online discussion

On Wednesday 20th October at 7.30-9.00pm BST, The Society for Theatre Research invites you to attend a free online discussion entitled “That Other British Asian Theatre: British East Asian and Southeast Asian Performance”, focusing on British East and Southeast Asian representation in theatre.

British East Asian and Southeast Asian theatre and performance are perhaps less well-known than theatre and performance created by British South Asian companies and artists. How are British East Asia and Southeast Asia represented by theatre-makers?  So, how has Asia been represented on the contemporary British stage? Increasingly more plays about Asians and on Asian themes have been produced at the National Theatre, the Arcola, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and more.  There are a wealth of stories, histories and voices that are yet to be explored and told. Join theatre artists Kumiko Mendl and Kwong Loke in conversation.

Kumiko Mendl trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. She is a founder-member of Yellow Earth Theatre Company (now New Earth Theatre), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020. Yellow Earth’s work includes Asian-themed work as well as new versions of European classics such as Miss Julie. Kumiko Mendl is Artistic Director of New Earth, whose work encompasses performance, community engagement and professional development for emerging actors.

Kwong Loke trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is an actor and director.  He was a founder-member of Yellow Earth Theatre Company and of Stone Crabs Theatre, focusing on intercultural performance. Kwong Loke has appeared in The Great Wave (National Theatre), and Pah-La (Royal Court).  He teaches acting and directing in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, as well as directing at drama conservatories.

To book your free ticket to this Zoom event, please find booking and further details here


Society for Theatre Research announces new grants

Are you, or do you know, a theatre practitioner or researcher working through the pandemic and in need of financial help to develop a project?

The Society for Theatre Research has just announced they will be awarding twenty support grants of £200 available to help theatre practitioners and researchers through the ongoing problems caused by the pandemic. These grants are for practitioners working in the UK to facilitate British and British-related theatre projects.

The application is quick and closing date for applications is Friday 13th August.

You can find more information and application details here


BLACK BRITISH WOMEN’S THEATRE wins the Society for Theatre Research’s 2021 Theatre Book Prize

The winner of the 2021 Society for Theatre Research’s Theatre Book Prize (for books published in 2020) is Nicola Abram for BLACK BRITISH WOMEN’S THEATRE, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The Theatre Book Prize was established in 1998 to celebrate the Society’s Golden Jubilee. The aim of the Book Prize is to encourage the writing and publication of books on British-related theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future.  It was first awarded for books published in 1997.

Nicola’s forensically-researched book draws on private archives and previously unseen material to document the achievements of Black British women in theatre, throwing a much-overdue and welcome spotlight onto some of the previously unsung pioneers of theatre making in the UK.

The award has an independent panel of three judges, drawn from the ranks of theatre practitioners, theatre critics, senior academics concerned with theatre, and theatre archivists, together with a member of the committee of the Society for Theatre Research as chair.considers to be the best published during the previous year. 

All new works of original research first published in English are eligible for the Prize, except for play texts and studies of drama as literature.

For more information about the Prize, visit the STR website here

To see the Prize ceremony recording, click here

Congratulations to Nicola Abram!