Never such innocence: what theatre lost in 2020

Oxford Playhouse lit in red in July 2020

Ash Bale, Oxford Playhouse

Watch back the second event in a knowledge exchange series.

2020 had a devastating effect on the performance world: seemingly endless cycles of navigating the latest restrictions, re-planning and seeing work go to waste. What toll has the pandemic taken on theatre, where has there been new growth, and what messages do theatre-makers and theatre-lovers want to reflect back to wider society?

This event was introduced by TORCH Director Professor Wes Williams, and chaired by Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr joined by guest speakers:

Louise Chantal (Joint Director & CEO, Oxford Playhouse) in conversation with James Dacre (Theatre and opera director and Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Theatres)

Ellie Keel (Theatre producer and co-founder of the Women's Prize for Playwriting) in conversation with Arifa Akbar (Chief Theatre critic for The Guardian).

Audience: Our past and current creative partners as well as those who are interested to find out more; Oxford researchers and students; others with a keen interest in the theatre industry and its interface with university research. This and future events will be your chance to hear from practitioners and offer your own experiences.

Event format:

12.30pm - 2pm: Webinar with the opportunity to ask questions to the panel

This event was supported by the KE Seed Fund, and further events in the series will be shared in due course.