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Newman Humanities Research Seminar Series

Theatre of Dionysus or brutal Colosseum? New perspectives on the relationship between drama and democracy

Dr Kate Katafiasz

This paper may appeal to anyone intrigued by Edward Bond’s inaugural talk at the Newman Humanities Research Centre - or indeed anyone concerned about democracy in this peculiar period while parliament is prorogued. It aims to shed fresh light on the extraordinary connexions Bond repeatedly makes between drama, the ‘creation of humanness’, and democratic politics.

The paper takes an event that happened at a School in Bartley Green after a performance of Bond’s (2006) play The Under Room as a starting point – and goes on to explore and theorise the dynamic – in Bond’s terms monadic – relation that tragedy creates between auditorium, stage, and performance.

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