WORKSHOP | Adaptation, Re-make, Risk-taking

Blind Dinner Date

03 Mar 2018

10am to 5pm

Adaptation, Participation, Risk-taking aims to take a fresh look at the reinterpretation of pre-existing sources in contemporary performance, and situates radical intervention as an innovative and risk-taking form of adaptation for the stage.
This event will stage a WORKSHOP by ZU-UK as a provocation, which will be followed by an afternoon PANEL DISCUSSION as a response to address relational and visual dramaturgies as alternative and equally valid ‘text’. We will examine processes of moving away from script-driven dramatic theatre by working with audiences in relational environments.

09.45 – 10.00Registration
10.00 – 10.15Jozefina Komporaly: Introduction to the day
10.15 – 13.15ZU-UK Workshop
13.15 – 14.15Lunch
14.15 – 16.30Panel Discussion
16.30 onwardContinue the conversations at the nearby Leather Bottle pub with a presentation of Jozefina Komporaly’s latest monograph

Formerly known as Zecora Ura and Para-Active, ZU-UK have been making live art works since 2001. Led by joint artistic directors Jorge Lopes Ramos and Persis-Jade Maravala, the company has an international reputation for creating high quality, critically acclaimed socially engaged performances and digital artworks that put the audience at the centre of the experience. ZU-UK believes that when individuals are not underestimated, the strength of the collective experience builds thoughtful, playful and engaged communities. The more fractured the world becomes, the more out of touch we are with the rituals that unite us with our sense of self, and the essential desire to connect meaningfully. Therefore, ZU-UK seek to design secular contemporary rituals as an invitation to ease loneliness and make communities out of our audiences. ZU-UK’s six hour, overnight performance Hotel Medea (2009-2012) is considered a pioneer of what is today referred to as ‘immersive theatre’. ZU-UK’s work on the Dramaturgy of Participation has been widely written about and forms the basis for the company’s approach to audience experience.
Intermediality, Professor Andy Lavender (University of Warwick)
Professor Mark O'Thomas (University of Greenwich)
Theatre criticism and dramaturgy, Dr Duska Radosavljevic (Central Shool of Speech and Drama)

ZU-UK’s Dr Jorge Lopes Ramos (University of East London) and Persis-Jade Maravala will also join the panel, together with UAL’s Professor Jane Collins and Dr Jozefina Komporaly.
Panelists will respond to ZU-UK’s provocation deployed in the course of the morning from their particular disciplinary perspective, and will engage in a conversation with other workshop participants. The event will include a brief presentation and public launch of Jozefina Komporaly’s recent monograph Radical Revival as Adaptation: Theatre, Politics, Society (Palgrave, 2017).    

Tickets: £8
Limited places available.
Early booking strongly recommended.


This event is convened by Dr Jozefina Komporaly and presented by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme. It is part of Acts Re-Acts 5 - a laboratory of performance, new media, workshops, lectures, discussions, events, interventions, seminars and installations, returns for a fifth year to take place across Wimbledon College of Arts.

Jane Collins is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Wimbledon College of Arts. She is a writer, director and theatre-maker who works all over the UK and internationally. She has a long association with the continent of Africa; and for The Royal Court, with the National Theatre of Uganda, she co-directed Maama Nalukalala N_dezze Lye (Mother Courage and her Children) by Bertolt Brecht, with a Ugandan cast in Kampala. This production, which was the first official translation of a play by Brecht into an African language, toured internationally. Her AHRC-funded research into ‘performing identities’ resulted in a new work for the stage, The Story of the African Choir, which was developed in conjunction containing the Market Theatre Laboratory in Johannesburg and performed at the Grahamstown International Festival in 2007. She is co-editor of the landmark collection of essays Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography (Routledge, 2010), and of the journal Theatre and Performance Design.
Andy Lavender is Professor of Theatre & Performance at the University of Warwick and Head of the School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies. He was previously Head of the School of Arts at the University of Surrey and Dean of Research at Central School and Speech and Drama. Andy publishes on contemporary theatre and performance, in particular intermedial and cross-disciplinary work, new production processes and changes to the nature of performance and spectatorship. He has directed a number of theatre productions at venues including the ICA, Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric Hammersmith and Young Vic Studios, Tron Theatre Glasgow, Warwick Arts Centre, and at festivals in London, Manchester, France and Poland. This work is largely in the field of devised multimedia performance, working collaboratively with designers, writers, performers and technicians with the theatre/performance company Lightwork. Andy has also worked previously in journalism.

Professor Mark O'Thomas is Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. He was formerly Dean of Academic Affairs at Newcastle University, Head of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln and the founding Director of the Institute for Performing Arts at the University of East London. Mark also spent ten years at the BBC as a subtitler and channel director. He has worked as a playwright, translator and dramaturg for a number of theatres including Soho Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, and has adapted a number of novels for the stage where his credits include Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and her Two Husbands and Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet. He is currently working on a new jazz musical which will workshop at Northern Stage in November 2017.
Dr Duska Radosavljevic is a dramaturg and academic with an interest in modes of theatrical authorship including writing, directing and devising as well as theatre criticism in the digital age. She is Reader in Contemporary Performance at Central School of Speech and Drama, and taught dramaturgy, writing and theatre-making at the universities of Hull, Newcastle, Warwick, Bristol and Kent. She worked as the company dramaturg at Northern Stage, and as an education programme manager at the RSC. As a freelance dramaturg, she has worked with New Writing North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, DanceCity, Circomedia, Accidental Collective and the Almeida Theatre. Duska was a recipient of the David Bradby Research TaPRA Prize in 2015 and the Sunday Times Harold Hobson Student Drama Critic Award in 1998. She was a member of The Stage newspaper’s Edinburgh reviewing team the Edinburgh Acting Excellence Awards judging panel.
Dr Jozefina Komporaly lectures in Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. She was previously Research Fellow in the Centre for Adaptations at De Montfort University, and lectured in drama at DMU, the University of South Wales, Hull, Goldsmith and Warwick. Her publications include the monographs Radical Revival as Adaptation: Theatre, Politics, Society (Palgrave, 2017) and Staging Motherhood: British Women Playwrights, 1956 to the Present (Palgrave, 2006). She is editor and co-translator of the first English-language anthology of Matéi Visniec plays How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays (Seagull Books, 2015) and of the critical anthology András Visky’s Barrack Dramaturgy: Memories of the Body (Intellect 2017). Her translations from Hungarian and Romanian into English appeared in Words without Borders, Asymptote, Index on Censorship, and were staged on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently by [Foreign Affairs] in London in November 2017.
Image courtesy: Blind Dinner Date, ZU-UK