Work in progress by Bryce Lease and Ashley Thorpe
The Transnational and International Perspectives on Performance (IPOP) research group is happy to present its first research seminar of the academic year 2013-14, with two papers by recently-appointed lecturers to the Department of Drama and Theatre, Dr Ashley Thorpe and Dr Bryce Lease. An informal Q&A session will follow.
Cantonese Opera performances amongst the London Chinese Diaspora
By Dr Ashley Thorpe, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, RHUL
This paper explores the existence of Cantonese opera in London since the 1960s, performed by, and primarily for, immigrants from Hong Kong and the New Territories. It documents practices that have largely been hidden away from the (non-Cantonese speaking) mainstream of British society. Specifically, the paper investigates the training and performance of Cantonese opera as a means of constructing community, but also suggests that it offers an expression of a specific, regional, Chinese-ness that resists homogenisation.
Opening Borders, Closing Nations: Staging Polish Migration
By Dr Bryce Lease, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, RHUL
This paper considers the transnational influences shifts in inter-EU migration since 2004 have had on Polish and UK theatre makers, focusing on recent theatre productions that have grappled with intercultural tensions, growing prejudices and an increasing trend to identify between, rather than with, nations.