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Theatrical Ecologies and Environments in the Nineteenth Century

You are invited to attend this one-day colloquium on Theatre Ecologies and Environments in the Nineteenth Century. Ecocriticism is a hot topic in both Theatre Studies and Nineteenth-Century Studies, yet the environment is still an under-examined area within nineteenth-century theatre circles. This symposium presents a series of panels and speakers addressing this topic from a wide range of perspectives.

Theatrical Ecologies and Environments in the Nineteenth Century

A One Day Colloquium organised in conjunction with

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies

Millburn House, University of Warwick, CV4 7HS

Saturday 1 July 2017

10.00 am – 6.15 pm

Register for the Colloquium


9.00 Registration

9.20 Welcome

9.30 – 11.00 PANEL 1 Technology & Staging

  • Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, ‘Behind the Limelight: Theatre’s Working Environment’
  • Christina Vollmert, ‘Staging Technology: International Electrotechnical Exhibition in Frankfurt-am-Main, 1891’
  • Susan Anthony, ‘Gothic Plays: Supernatural vs Forces of Nature’

11.00 – 11.25 COFFEE

11.25 – 12.55 PANEL 2 Science, Theatre & Nature

  • Alexis Harley, Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology, the geological sublime, and the Romantic theatre
  • Cristina Fernandes Rosa, Nature, ecology and sustainability in 19th-century ballet
  • Jiwon Min, ‘The Melodramatic Ecology in Nineteenth Century Theatre’

12.55 – 1.45 LUNCH

1.45 – 3.15 PANEL 3 Imperialism & Place

  • George Taylor, ‘Stedman, Surinam and Theatrical Exoticism at the start of the Nineteenth Century’
  • Katie Jarvis, ‘Ecologies of Imperialism: Amazonian waterlilies, fairies, and inter-ecosystem performance’
  • Victoria Garlick, ‘The Broadhead Theatre Circuit: An Environmental Perspective’

3.15 – 3.35 TEA AND COFFEE

3.35 – 4.35 PANEL 4 Performance of Nature & the Natural

  • Evelyn O’Malley, ‘Natural’ Shakespeare in the Garden’
  • Victoria Wiet, ‘The Actress in Nature: The Environments of Artistic Development in Victorian Fiction & Lifewriting’

4.35 – 4.45 SHORT BREAK

4.45 – 5.45 PANEL 5 Animal and Child Drama

  • Michael Gamer, ‘Master Betty vs Carlo the Wonder Dog: The Year of Child/Animal Actors’
  • Ann Featherstone, ‘Sagacious canines and brave brutes: re-discovering the Victorian dog-drama’


Followed by drinks.

7.00 OPTIONAL DINNER at Le Gusta restaurant in the Warwick Arts Centre

Register for the Colloquium