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British Grotowski Project
A Re-Evaluation

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Editor(Owen Daly)>  Paul Allain is mounting an academic project to document Grotowski's work and its influence on English Theatre. The letter below and the links it contains give a good overview of this ambitious project.

Dear colleague

I am delighted to inform you that I have received a Research Grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council of £ 203,000 to conduct the ‘British Grotowski project – a re-evaluation’ from October 2006 – October 2009. The project will involve a full-time research associate and a PhD studentship [further details on links below], which will also be funded by the AHRC. Parts of the project will be run with the assistance of the Osrodek Badan Tworczosci Jerzego Grotowskiego i Poszukiwan Teatralno-Kulturowych in Wroclaw, Poland, as well as other overseas partners, including the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Italy.

Project Summary

Polish director Jerzy Grotowski's contribution to world theatre is widely acknowledged. He has a central position in Britain in theatre studies and a still vital influence on theatre-making, especially devising and actor training in what is loosely termed Physical Theatre. However, teachers, students, academics and practitioners interested in this work both theoretically and practically, struggle with a lack of precise knowledge and access to primary sources, key texts, and good translations of his main treatises, as well as clearly articulated and accessible documents of and reflections on his practices. There is also no systematic analysis of his influence on British theatre-making and university drama studies since 1965 and his initial work with Peter Brook at the RSC. This project will address these knowledge gaps through creating:

- a Critical Edition with an accompanying DVD of images, film and audio extracts;

- online materials that will reveal the range of influences Grotowski has had on artists, teachers, and producers in Britain, whilst providing access to and information about useful Grotowski-related resources;

- a multi-modal international conference in the UK for practitioners and academics in 2009, the 'Year of Grotowski'.

For the latest from the project website:

For details of the Studentship please go to:

For details of the Research Associate please go to:

For further details contact:
Paul Allain
Professor of Theatre and Performance

Director of Research (School of Drama, Film and Visual Arts)
Eliot College
University of Kent
Tel.     01227 823338
Fax.    01227 827464
New book available: The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance


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