Rediscovering the Radical was an international conference that explored how theatre can contribute to radical social and political change today. It was conceived by Collective Encounters and The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts as a rallying cry to artists, academics and activists.
It began on the night of Thursday 1st September with a public performance by Banner Theatre and ran through Friday and Saturday, with performances from outstanding performance activists including presentations, workshops, provocations and screenings from contributors from the United States, Canada, Chile, Germany, Australia, India, Mexico, South Africa and the UK.
The tone of the conference was set by our keynote speaker: radical sociologist and philosopher John Holloway, professor at the Autonomous University of Puebla (Mexico) and author of How to Change the World Without Taking Power, Crack Capitalism and others.
The full schedule can be found here.
Missed the conference? Check out some highlights here: LIVE SCREENINGS PROG
John Holloway : Now is the Moment to Learn Hope
Professor Jan Cohen Cruz : Common Ground: Uncommon Partners
Professor Tim Prentki : Joking A Part: The Social Performance of Folly
Conor Heaney : Change life! Change society! These precepts mean nothing without the production of an appropriate space (Henri Lefebvre)
Clive Parkinson : Arts For Health
Dr Alison Lloyd Williams : “Things need to change because it will happen again”: playing ‘flood snakes and ladders’ with children and young people
Dr Andrew Westerside : Theatre of Agitation: Reclaiming Agit-Prop in Contemporary Practice
Dr Ellen Redling : Taking a Stand
Vital Xposure, Julie McNamara : New Audiences/Political & Socially Engaged Art
Mike Morris : George Garret and the Merseyside Left Theatre:
Tessa Buddle of Suitcase Ensemble : Reclaiming Utopia
Vaughan Pilikian : Not to be: How to tear theatre up by its roots
Benedict Power : Spring Reign
Hugh Chapman : Discovering Acency in Live Action Roleplay
Virtual Migrants : Reclaiming the Collective: Black and White collaboration in the age of post-identity politics.
Reverend Billy : Performing Hopeful Activism On The Streets
Stephanie Knight : Reclaiming the radical
TOPLAB : Organising our power
Collective Encounters : Collective Encounters – Theatre for Social Change
Ice & Fire : Ice & Fire
Open Clasp : Changing the World One Play at a Time
Reverend Billy : Happiness Makes Its Comeback
Cap-a-Pie : The Town Meeting
The Vacuum Cleaner : Recovering From The Radical
Banner Theatre : In A Right State!
Dr Andrew Sherlock : Re-Presenting The City – Performative Provocations and Unpalatable Truths From The Irish To The Epstein
Eleanor Goldfield : You can’t have a revolution without art
Empty Deck Theatre : Cosmic Fear or the Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia
David Diamond : maladjusted
Gary Friedman : The Puppet and The Power
Theatre Budhan : Birth 1871
Colectivo Sustento and Matthew Elliott : Sharing the collective
Instant Dissidence : Dancing With Strangers: From Calais to England