The Writing’s on the Streets

Most training in critical writing focuses on ways to interrogate a scripted play, and presumes the existence of a written play-text. So how do you go about reviewing and writing about outdoor arts, circus, site-specific theatre and other performing arts work that is highly visual and physical, and often doesn’t have a written text to refer to? How do we approach work that is cross-artform? And if work is presented outdoors in public space, can we separate content and context, and do we need to?

The Writing’s on the Streets workshops investigate different ways that we can document and celebrate alternative forms of performance-making. Workshops are presented in collaboration with festivals, venues, educational establishments, or arts organisations, and can be delivered live in venues or online via Zoom.

Previous The Writing’s on the Streets workshops have been produced in collaboration with Bristol Circus City, XTRAX, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Jacksons Lane, and Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts. We have also presented writing workshops at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Italy, at LUME Teatro and UNICAMP in Brazil, and at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Italy.