Women's Writing for Performance: Process and Practice

Date:28-30 April 2006

As part of this event, there will be two webcasts on Friday 28th April:

11.10-11.30 - Professor Elaine Aston and Dr Gerry Harris, Lancaster Univerity - 'An Introduction to the Women's Writing for Performance project'

1.45-2.30 - Professor Janelle Reinelt, University of California, Irvine, USA - 'Suicide: A Reappraisal'

The URL for the webcasts, which will be showing at the times given above (British Summer Time) is:



This is an international symposium for practitioners, emergent practitioners and academics. Curated by Elaine Aston and Geraldine Harris, the symposium will bring together an exciting range of practitioners and scholars, including:

  • Bobby Baker; Sue-Ellen Case, Janelle Reinelt, Anna Furse
  • Lynette Goddard, Dee Heddon, Kazuko Hohki, Lenora Champagne
  • SuAndi Lois Weaver, Marisa Carnesky*, Rosie Lugosi
  • Marianne Sharp, Jozefina Komporaly, Helen Iball, Lena SimiÁ
  • Kira O'Reilly, Catherine McNamara, Rachel Zerihan, Open Clasp Theatre Company

This three-day conference represents the culmination of the AHRC funded research project: Women' s Writing for Performance. Over the last three years this project has initiated a networked series of workshops and events led by contemporary artists and performance practitioners. The aim has been to investigate how women 'write' themselves into the performance frame, through text and other 'vocabularies' , such as body, space, technology.

The two main research questions have been:

*What strategies are employed by women in their writing processes?

* What are the implications of these strategies for the contestation of gender representation in performance practice?

As part of symposium events, Bobby Baker will perform Table Occasion No. 23 on the evening of Friday 28th April and on Saturday night, Split Britches will perform Dress Suits For Hire in the Nuffield Theatre.

Marisa Carnesky will also lead a one day practical workshop on Thursday April 27th (participation by application - please contact the project administrator for an application form).

Fees for the 3 day symposium are:

Delegate fee £120**Postgraduate Student fee £60**

**NB The symposium fee includes all conference meals and entertainment on Friday night but does not cover the price of a ticket for Dress Suits for Hire or accommodation costs. Information and contact details for accommodation can be found on the symposium website or requested from the project administrator.


For information about how to register and a booking form please either visit the symposium page on our website at http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/theatre/womenwriting/pages/symposium.htm


or contact the project administrator:

LICA: Theatre Studies,The Great Hall Complex,Lancaster University,Lancaster, LA1 4YW

Tel: +44 (0)1524 593446

Event website:http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/theatre/womenwriting/pages/symposium.htm

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK