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New Theatre Formats Explored at ‘The Week of New European Drama’

The week-long celebration of new writing, coordinated by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) in partnership with Schauspielhaus Graz, will run from 7 – 13 June and include the Young Europe Festival To:gather inside an immersive digital theatre venue.
  • Nine original plays for young people, by theatres in five European countries, and a livestreamed panel on ‘New Formats & Spaces for Young Audiences’ will be presented online at the Young Europe Festival To:gather (7-9 June)
  • A livestreamed panel discussion on ‘Silenced Theatres: Illiberal Democracies and the Effects of Covid-19’ will open the first hybrid in-person / online version of the ETC International Theatre Conference (10 – 11 June)
  • The Week of New European Drama will take place on the microsite, a fully explorable, pop-art-style digital version of Schauspielhaus Graz – the ETC Member Theatre hosting the activities alongside its own theatre festival, Dramatiker*innen festival (8-13 June)
  • All ETC performances are free. See here for more information and tickets.

New ways of making theatre for young people and fresh ideas for a more inclusive and sustainable theatre sector are to be unveiled as part of a major new festival this summer.

The Week of New European Drama, coordinated by the European Theatre Convention, will run from 7-13 June and introduce audiences to a programme of interactive and streamed performances as part of the Young Europe Festival To:gather (7 -9 June). This sees nine theatres from five European countries present original, online-ready productions for young people on themes ranging from rage and autonomous decision-making to the climate crisis.

In addition, the week of activities includes the first hybrid in-person / online version of the ETC International Theatre Conference (10-11 June), hosted in partnership with ETC member theatre Schauspielhaus Graz; a participatory ‘Zoom Reading’ event, in which new texts are translated into English and presented to audiences for the first time; and the release of key pledges for ETC member theatres and the wider theatre sector on sustainability, youth theatre and participatory theatre.

As the largest network of public theatres in Europe, the ETC has 44 European Members from over 25 countries, reflecting the diversity of Europe’s vibrant cultural sector. Founded in 1988, the ETC promotes European theatre as a vital platform for dialogue, democracy and interaction that responds to, reflects and engages with today’s diverse audiences and changing societies. 

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