Verbatim Practices in Contemporary Theatre Symposium
13th & 14 July 2006
Central School of Speech and Drama, London
The symposium addressed the emergence, over the past ten years or so, of a set of practices and productions that have been described as 'verbatim theatre'. It considered the live performance of recorded or transcribed utterances, from the words of politicians and public figures to the opinions, experience and interactions of, to quote Studs Terkel, 'uncelebrated' people.
The event featured discussion with and among verbatim theatre practitioners and drama/theatre academics and teachers and included the showings of verbatim works in progress and excerpts from verbatim pieces.
The symposium was sponsored by CSSD's Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre and The Facility, Performance as Research at London Metropolitan University. It forms part of a series of events leading up to the ''How to Act'' cnference to be held at the Central School 14th-17th February 2007.