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Bond@50: The Work of Edward Bond

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In 1962 the Royal Court Theatre presented Edward Bond's The Pope's Wedding

and introduced one of the greatest playwrights of our time.

As part of a celebration of Edward Bond's career, Warwick University's English and Theatre Studies Departments hosted

a one-day symposium on the Warwick campus on

Friday 2nd November 2012,

bringing academics and practitioners together in talks, discussions and workshops. The aim was to explore Bond's unique contribution

to British and world theatre, to modern dramatic theory,and to questions of the political and civic role of drama in modern society.




Adam Bethlenfalvy (Hungary), ‘The Freedom to Create Understanding: Applying Bondian Drama Conventions to Classroom Drama’

Peter Billingham, University of Winchester, “Human voices will comfort us”: Themes and dramatic Strategies in Innocence and other post- 1995 “Later Plays”'

Selina Busby, Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, ‘The Child and the Family Structure’

Tony Coult, University of Reading, ‘A Political Miracle Play at Ally Pally: Bond’s Passion’

Harry Derbyshire, University of Greenwich, ‘Beyond Endurance: Edward Bond’s Punishing Dramaturgy’

Meryl Hopwood, Cardiff Metropolitan University, '"Education is Nothing Less Than Corruption”: The Child and Experience'

James Hudson, University of Lincoln, ‘Absent Friends: Edward Bond’s Corporeal Ghosts’

Sam Haddow, University of Nottingham, ‘Saved and the Riots’

Nina Kane, University of Huddersfield, 'Ghosts, Breath and Crude Stitching: Edward Bond and Sarah Kane'

Kate Katafiasz, Newman University College, Birmingham, ‘Familiarity Without Contempt: Theorising Bond’s “Accident Time”’

David Tuaillon (France), 'An Intense But Long Delayed Meeting, or How Edward Bond Became France’s Most Influential Playwright in The Nineties'

Actors Tim O�'Hara and James Kenwood: 'Directed by Bond'


EDWARD BOND: 'The First Word':

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Claudette Bryanston (University of Warwick/ Classworks Theatre Company): ‘The Children

Chris Cooper (Big Brum Theatre): ‘Between the Kitchen Table and the Universe: The Drama of Edward Bond’