Poetry Through Theatre: Experiments from the Stage Studio+

Poetry Through Theatre: Experiments from the Stage Studio+

Explore the poetic dimensions of avantgarde theatre and discover new possibilities at the intersection of poem and play.

‘A stage space has two rules: (1) Anything can happen and (2) Something must happen.’ – Peter Brook

Building on the fact that the poetic and the dramatic arts have gone hand in hand since the dawn of both, this course asks what possibilities lie at the intersection of the two. How does language live on the stage? How is the stage set in the poem? What happens to a word which is not spoken, but is written to be spoken? What are the consequences of something that is both real, not real, and real beyond the real?

This is a course firmly focused on an exploration of poetry, using some of the most ground-breaking plays in modern theatre as a tool. We will look at a variety of exceptional playwrights who have offered bold new takes on what theatre can be; writers such as Howard Pinter and Samuel Beckett; Gabriel Garcia Lorca and T.S. Elliot; Witold Gombrowicz, Sara Kane, and Howard Barker; Carol Churchill, Martin Crimp, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Adrienne Kennedy, Peter Handke, Eugene Ionesco, and Antonin Artaud.

Using the reading as inspiration, you will be asked to respond to a series of writing prompts building on the concepts explored in the texts. This is a practical course, looking to theatre to find new ideas for what poetry can be and do.

Studio+ Courses are a new initiative from the Poetry School and feature a portfolio of preliminary reading, alongside 4 writing assignments, and some additional bonus features such as Zoom sessions, collaborative projects, and inter-disciplinary work. There are no Live Chats on this course.  

To apply for a concessionary rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected]. Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected]. For more information visit our Online Courses page. 

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About vilde b. torset View Profile

Vilde B. Torset is a Norwegian writer and artist based in London. She has been commissioned by The British Museum, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Kristiania University College. Her publications include the poetry artbook Pareidolia – Dotremont’s Daughter (Timglaset, 2020) and the poetry collection swallowing feathers (Sampson Low Ltd., 2019). Her poetry performances, including both solo works and collaborations, have taken place at a range of national (UK) and international venues, including The British Museum, The National Centre for Writing, The Poetry Society, Jorvik Viking Centre, and London Rich Mix. She has collaborated on theatre productions with institutions like The Bunker Theatre, Dorich House, and Hampton Hill Theatre. 

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