From Theatre to Screen – and Back Again! 19 February 2014
Wednesday 19 February in Trinity House
De Montfort University, Leicester
Theatre has influenced narrative choices and styles of performance from the early years of cinema with companies such as Vitagraph using Shakespeare to gain cultural credibility for the medium. Subsequently, stage to screen adaptations have existed alongside an increasing number of theatrical adaptations of films, such as Sondheim's A Little Night Music (1973), Patrick Barlow's The 39 Steps (2005) and Kneehigh's Brief Encounter (2007). Whether on stage or screen, works such as Theatre of Blood and All About My Mother offer complex negotiations, shifting between theatrical and cinematic contexts. Adaptations of canonical works have been shaped by the multiple texts that have preceded them: recent examples could include the National Theatre's Frankenstein (2011) and, more self-consciously, The Wooster Group's Hamlet. The growing practice of broadcasting theatrical events 'live' heightens awareness of the distinct nature of viewing experiences. Questions might be asked about the merits of theatrical, cinematic and televisual adaptations and the extent to which they extend and challenge considerations of the 'original'.
Papers are invited on relevant aspects of theatre, film and television. Topics might include audience, authenticity, collaboration, cultural contexts, genre, identities, ideology, location or time-period.
It is hoped that a special issue of the journal, Adaptation (OUP), will be published following the conference. Abstracts for papers (200 words maximum) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by the 4th November 2013.
The registration fee is £50 (concessions £30).