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TOR Presents... 'Blasted'
Feb 18 2015

TOR Presents... 'Blasted'

You might remember we promised you an extra insight into our work through TOR presents..., our programme of additional activity. This lets you get even closer to the shows, the creative teams and the wider debate around the theatre that we produce.

Inspired by the productions in our 'Life in Close-Up' season, we are delighted to announce our TOR presents... programme for Blasted.

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TOR presents... 20 years on: the power of 'Blasted', Thurs 26 February.

Chelsey Gillard, Assistant Director on Blasted, chairs a discussion on the enduring impact of Sarah Kane's 1995 play.

Panel Members;

Kate Wasserberg

Kate is The Other Room's Artistic Director and the Director of 'Blasted'. A former Associate Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Kate was also formerly the Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre in London, where she discovered and developed the careers of many successful writers including James Graham, Nick Payne, Anders Lustgarten and Nick Gill. Kate is the co-editor (with playwright Tim Price) of Contemporary Welsh Plays, published by Bloomsbury.

Andrew Haydon

Andrew Haydon is a freelance theatre critic (FT, Guardian, Time Out, etc.). He was also the editor of the CultureWars theatre section between 2000-2010, where he discovered exciting new theatre thinkers, including Andy Field, Matt Trueman and Miriam Gillinson. Then he went to Berlin for a while. Now he seems to be back for a bit. His fantastic theatre blog is available here.

Sarah Crews

Sarah Crews is a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at USW and a theatre director. Her PhD research investigates contemporary performance practices with specific reference to Howard Barker's theatre and his company, The Wrestling School. Further research interests include Multimedia Performance and Performance Art, Post-war British Theatre history, Gender and Sexuality and contemporary ensemble practices.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith is the Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of South Wales. As a researcher his main interests are in theatre directing, film acting and scenography. He has produced and directed a number of theatre productions, including Barker's Victory and The Europeans, as well as plays by William Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Anton Chekhov, Caryl Churchill and Martin Crimp. Andy is the co-editor of Howard Barker's Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe, to be published by Methuen in June 2015.

Tickets available here.

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TOR presents... Simon Kane in conversation, Thurs 5 March

Sarah Kane's brother discusses her writing and the woman at the centre of it all, with a particular focus on 'Blasted' and the way in which Kane came to write such a seminal work. Simon Kane will be in conversation with The Other Room board member and BBC Radio Drama producer Helen Perry.

Tickets available here.

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