Registration for the fifteenth triennial colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval, jointly sponsored by Records of Early English Drama North East, is now open. The Colloquium will be held in Durham, England on 7-12 July, 2016.
Highlights of the conference include:
- Over ten performances of plays from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1642 by international guest companies, professionals, and local groups
- Over 60 papers on themes including: Performing Latin; Archive-based research; Reformation, Recusant and Humanist Drama; Revivals, Reinventions, Inventions; Paratheatrical Performative Tradition / Ritual and Festive Culture
- An exhibition on Plays, Processions and Parchments, featuring manuscripts, costumes, and musical instruments showcasing REED N-E research
- Book stalls, displays by the Early Music Shop, and publishers’ displays
The conference fee includes entrance to the exhibition with wine reception, all performances, lunches, refreshments and a conference pack. The cost is £120 per person, £60 for students. Attendees will be able to book bed & breakfast accommodation in the Castle (or in one of the other colleges) for a range of prices, depending on room size and amenities.
Alongside the conference there will be a free public festival of early drama. Theatrum Mundi will be a rare opportunity to see some unique performances with a North East twist, including possibly the oldest surviving play from Britain, the ‘Lindisfarne’ Harrowing of Hell, and a specially commissioned production, The Sacred and Profane, showcasing the dramatic traditions of Durham with Boy Bishops, a dance with death and the unique Durham Dragon.