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Exploring The Canon
On from 09 Feb 2011 till 09 Feb 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Various Authors
Genre(s): New Writing

- £10.00 - Ticket prices include a lunch

About: Exploring The Canon

What makes a play a classic?

The London Hub of Sustained Theatre are staging Exploring the Canon a day of performance readings aimed at putting forward a diverse range of plays that they believe should be included in the nation’s canon. Sustained Theatre want to broaden the repertoire of plays generally regarded as the nation’s classics to include plays that are often neglected for revival in the national theatre landscape.

Emerging theatre directors are being given an opportunity to direct extracts from plays which include Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Shelley Silas’s Calcutta Kosher, Sudha Bhuchar’s The House of Bilquis Bibi and Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman.

The directors will work closely with Artistic Directors from Arcola Theatre, ATC, Collective Artistes, Kali Theatre Company, Talawa Theatre Company, Tamasha, Tara and The Red Room. Before each performance the Artistic Directors will champion their chosen play and give reasons why that play should be included within the canon.

A full day of performance readings (11am-5.30pm) with lunch thrown in allows time for spirited debate to take place between an audience of Artistic Directors, Directors, actors, drama schools, academics, arts journalists and lovers of theatre.

Starting time: 11am – 5.30pm

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