All Change Festival 2013

New Horizons in British Theatre included a series of live performances, masterclasses, readings, and discussions probing the future of British theatre.

Running from 1-6 April 2013 at Theatre503, this festival provided an opportunity for British theatremakers to engage with the influence of European theatre practice on their own work and to challenge each other to make visible many of the processes that traditional British theatre holds behind closed doors.

Through performance, conversations, and workshops we tackled issues such as the primacy of text, translation between languages and between verbal and nonverbal forms of communication, process, the impact of immigration, ensemble practices, and the impact of training on setting the "rules of the game" for our theatre culture.

Co-hosted by Rachel Parish, Cristina Catalina, Eve Leigh and Andrew Haydon

Theatre 503, London, UK; 2013

 

All Change Festival Highlights - 2013

 

Conversation: with Simon Stephens.

Britain’s most successful German playwright, Simon Stephens, talks to Andrew Haydon a year after the enormous cult success of Three Kingdoms.

 

Conversation: All About Process

How is a Play Made? Moderated by Rachel Parish and Eve Leigh; participants included Oliver Lamford and Simon Stephens.

 

Conversation: English or Not?

How do the changing demographics of the UK affect approaches to translation, programming, and audience development? Joined by: Diana Damian, performance and live art critic and curator; Will Drew, writer, dramaturg, translator and game designer; Selma Dimitrijevic, Associate Dramaturg at The Bush; Andrew Haydon, freelance theatre critic and more. Moderated by Felix Andrew of CASA Festival.

 

Conversation: What is a Play?

A conversation on interdisciplinary theatre work, and differing perspectives on what constitutes “new writing” from across Europe. Joined by: Dana Olarescu and Bojana Jankovic, creators of Eastern Europeans for Dummies; David Tuschingham, dramaturg, translator, curator for the Salzburg Festival and the Duesseldorfer Schauspielhaus; and Vladimir Shcherban, co-director of Belarus Free Theatre.

 

 

Performance: The List

Director Peter Cant reads from a list of overheard gossip.

 

Conversation: Who's Watching

What are the political implications of more immersive or interactive theatrical forms? Joined by: Diana Damian, performance and live art critic and curator; Selma Dimitrijevic, Associate Dramaturg at The Bush; Anca Doczi, theatre artist and co-founder of Immersive Theatre; Andrew Haydon, freelance theatre critic and author of theatre blog Postcards From the Gods; Vladimir Shcherban, co-director of Belarus Free Theatre.

 

Conversation: Rules of the Game

What makes a good play? Joined by: Brigitte Auer, Dramaturg at Schauspielhaus Vienna; Ramin Grey, Artistic Director of ATC; Will Drew, writer, dramaturg, translator and game designer; James Hadley of Arts Council England; Eve Leigh, playwright. Moderated by Tom Hughes.