Interventions

June 2018

  • Interventions: Duška Radosavljević introduces this special issue of CTR Interventions on the controversial European theatre director Oliver Frljić.
  • Oliver Frljić interviewed by Duška Radosavljević: Oliver Frljić discusses his early encounters with the theatre in Split and Zagreb, key productions in his oeuvre, and international collaborations.
  • Dissensual Politics of Performance: Andrej Mirčev explores the controversy that greeted Our Violence and Your Violence (2016) when it premiered in Split, Croatia, through Jacques Rancière’s concept of dissensus.
  • Who’s afraid of Oliver Frljić?: Aljoscha Begrich, dramaturg at Gorki Theater Berlin, reflects on the many Frljić productions and many Frljić’s he has encountered before working on the new Gorki – Alternative für Deutschland.
  • Teatr Powszechny: Frljić’s theatre playground: Agnieszka Jakimiak, dramaturg on The Curse, reflects on that production and its controversy, arguing that Frljić’s work attempts to dismantle the complicity of representation with power.
  • What on earth is happening in Poland? On Klątwa, protest, and a new regime: Bryce Lease discusses the protests that followed the premiere of Klątwa (The Curse) in Warsaw, in the context of political transformations and firings of artistic directors in Poland.

March 2018

  • Interventions 28.1 (March 2018): Anna McMullan introduces the set of Interventions published alongside this special issue on Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures, co-edited with Graham Saunders.
  • Incommensurable Corporealities? Touretteshero’s Not I: Derval Tubridy explores questions of neurodiversity and agency in the performance of Beckett’s Not I by Jess Thom of Touretteshero.
  • End/Lessness: Jonathan Heron discusses his series of projects with the late Beckett theatre scholar and performer, Rosemary Pountney, and the digital iterations and traces of that collaboration.
  • Virtual Play: Beckettian Experiments in Virtual Reality: Nicholas Johnson and Néill O’Dwyer reflect on a series of projects that use virtual reality and other twenty-first century technologies to creatively interpret Beckett’s plays.
  • Beckett, Ireland and the Biographical Festival: A Symposium: Reporting on a symposium they co-organised, Trish McTighe and Kathryn White argue that an analysis of festival culture is an important aspect of the consideration of Beckett’s place within contemporary art.

December 2017

November 2017

  • Interventions 27.3 (November 2017): This issue of Interventions accompanies the Encountering the Digital in Performance special issue. The four pieces explore new approaches to performance and audiences in a changing cultural and political landscape.
  • Sound Choreographer <> Body Code: Alex McLean and Kate Sicchio reflect on their collaborations around dance and code, focusing on their piece Sound Choreographer <> Body Code, which here uses your computer's microphone to generate choreographic instructions.
  • Fluidity and friendship: the choir that surprised the city: Elena Marchevska talks with activists-researchers Nita Çavolli, Jana Jakimovska, and Katerina Mojanchevska about democracy, location, and media in song protests of the Skopje choir Raspeani Skopjani.
  • Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE): In this playful video, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck interviews Tei Blow and Sean McElroy from Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE) about their use of karaoke, ritual, metaphysics, and media.
  • Digital Arts Organisations: 3-Legged Dog and The Space: Andy Lavender discusses digital culture with Kevin Cunningham, Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog, NY (USA), and Fiona Morris, Chief Executive of The Space, Birmingham/London (UK).

June 2017

  • Interventions 27.2 (June 2017): This issue of Interventions attends to collaboration as a method of theatre-making and scholarship, and as a way of studying their conditions of possibility.
  • Hidden Vacancies: Hillary Miller analyses the curatorial and real estate collusions involved in Coney Island’s Art Walls.
  • Vulnerability and the Lonely Scholar: The research collective After Performance explores how vulnerability might productively work against the norm of ‘lonely scholarship’.
  • Dyspraxic Collaboration: Daniel Oliver and Luke Ferris’ video on/of ‘dyspraxic collaboration’ unapologetically performs the generative possibilities of ‘inattentivity’.
  • Learning to stand together: In this interview, Elyssa Livergant and the Precarious Workers Brigade consider the relationship between higher education, the cultural industries and labour through the theme of collaboration.

April 2017

December 2016

September 2016

May 2016

  • Interventions 26.2 (May 2016): This issue of Interventions explores what the digital might offer to performance scholarship, practice, and criticism.
  • Postmedia Performance: In ‘Postmedia Performance’ Sarah Bay-Cheng offers theatre and performance scholarship a provocation to rethink its approach to making sense of the digital.
  • Megan Vaughan - Public Twine: Using the interactive storytelling tool Twine, Megan Vaughan brings recent performances, public space and spaces of encounter into conversation.
  • Possible Public and Private Narratives: Johanna Linsley talks with artist Brian House about his recent projects and the relationship between data gathering, participatory systems and the performance of the private and public.
  • Listening post: Public voices on the digital stage: ‘Listening Post’ is a curated collection of artistic projects and critical reflections that offer insight into the performance of the vox populi, the ‘voice of the people’.

February 2016

  • Interventions 26.1 (February 2016): This issue of Interventions accompanies a special issue of the journal dedicated to the contemporary Scottish playwright and theatre director David Greig.
  • Dan Rebellato in conversation with David Greig: In this excerpt from a live conversation, Dan Rebellato talks with David Greig about what it's like to have his work critically analysed and the playwright's process of writing The Events (2013).
  • “CONJURORS! CONJURORS!…Who wrote this!”*: Some Reflections on Lanark: A Life in Three Acts: Victoria E. Price offers reflections on the 2015 production of Lanark: A Life in Three Acts, Greig's adaptation of the 1981 Alasdair Gray novel of postmodern Scottish identity.
  • Welcome to the Fringe: Welcome To The Fringe, a collaboration between David Greig, Forest Fringe, and London’s Gate Theatre, supported Palestinian artists in visiting and presenting at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Butterfly Mind: ‘Butterfly Mind’, a performance-text adapted especially for the web, recreates David Greig’s journey on what he calls ‘an adventure in contemporary shamanic soul retrieval’.

December 2015

October 2015

  • Interventions 25.4 (October 2015): This issue of Interventions focuses on the relationship between ‘practice’ and ‘research’, offering four different case studies in which these concepts are configured in quite different ways.
  • World Factory: The politics of conversation: In this cross-disciplinary forum, the research project and interactive performance World Factory, directed by Zoë Svendsen, is discussed from multiple perspectives ranging from social geography to marketing.
  • The Sick of the Fringe: Brian Lobel and Hannah Maxwell assess The Sick of the Fringe, a Wellcome Trust-funded programme of talks and events exploring the relationship between medicine and the arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Infecting Archives: An interview with Martin O'Brien: In ‘Infecting Archives’, Johanna Linsley talks with Martin O’Brien about his collaboration with Sheree Rose and their work with the Bob Flanagan archive at the ONE Lesbian and Gay Archive.
  • Karen Christopher: The duet residencies: Following ‘duet residencies’ with Chris Goode and Lucy Cash, performance-maker Karen Christopher reflects on how the artistic residency might remain open to collaboration, surprise, and even mayhem.

July 2015

  • Interventions 25.3 (July 2015): This issue of Interventions is focused on activism and performance and accompanies the print journal’s special issue ‘Theatre, performance and activism: gestures towards an equitable world’.
  • Domestic Gestures: Jenny Hughes and Simon Parry reflect on a collectively authored blogging project on activist performance, in which 'domestic gestures' emerged as one of its core themes.
  • Irresistible Images: In this interview Shane Boyle and Larry Bogad reflect on the relationship between performance and protest through a critical exploration of the ‘irresistible image’.
  • Celebrating Margaretta D’Arcy’s Theatrical Activism: Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A and Robert Leach contribute to a reflection and celebration of Irish writer and performer Margaretta D’Arcy’s ongoing activism.
  • 'How do we imagine something other than what there is?' An interview with the vacuum cleaner: 'How do we imagine something other than what there is?' This short film is an edited version of an interview with the vacuum cleaner, an ‘art activist collective of one’.

May 2015

February 2015

January 2015

  • Celebrating 25 Years of Contemporary Theatre Review: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Theatre Review, the current editors have hand-picked a selection of articles from the archive that reflect something of the breadth and distinctive character of the journal.  The articles will be freely available until the end of 2015, and are introduced by the members of the editorial team.

October 2014

  • Interventions 24.4 (October 2014): Amanda Rogers and Ashley Thorpe, co-editors of the special issue debating the casting of the RSC's The Orphan of Zhao, introduce the online features that accompany the print issue.
  • Orphan à la Crouching Tiger: In 'Orphan à la Crouching Tiger', Daphne Lei reports on a production of The Orphan of Zhao in La Jolla, California, featuring an all-Asian American cast.
  • Purchase Power: The Marketing of Performance and its Discursive Effects: To accompany his analysis of why the casting of The Orphan of Zhao became so contested, Ashley Thorpe provides a critique of the marketing of the RSC production.
  • Anna Chen - Yellowface: Watch a video of Anna Chen performing her poem Yellowface, which satirises and reappropriates this practice of racial stereotyping.
  • The Orphan of Zhao Redux: This specially commissioned video, The Orphan of Zhao Redux, features an all-British East Asian cast, performing a hybrid text edited and compiled by Daniel York.

July 2014

May 2014

  • Interventions 24.2 (May 2014): This new website provides a gateway to Contemporary Theatre Review, as well as online Interventions that add to and complement the themes and topics of the journal.
  • Comment: Sochi 2014: Following on from a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on the 2012 London Games, Yana Meerzon and Lynne McCarthy address the cultural politics of the Sochi Olympics.
  • Video: The radical in engaged practices: Watch a collection of artist films and interviews coming out of Beyond Glorious, a symposium that explored connections between experimental forms and socially engaged practices.
  • Audio: Performance Matters Crossovers: Listen to a dialogue between Gareth Evans, Mike Dibb, Hugo Glendinning, Deborah Levy, and Alan Read, recorded as part of Crossovers, an initiative of the Performance Matters project.
  • Parodying 'Blurred Lines' in the Feminist Blogosphere: Geraldine Harris, whose discussion of ‘post-post-feminism’ appears in the latest print issue, comments here on the proliferation of online parodies of Robin Thicke’s controversial ‘Blurred Lines’.