Staging Atmospheres

London 8-9 December 2017

Day 1- Senate House, Bloomsbury, Central London


9am – 9.15 REGISTRATION – Senate Room, Senate House

9.15-9.45 Opening Address and Welcome

  • Dr Martin Welton, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Penelope Woods, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Damien Masson, Université de Cergy-Pontoise and the International Ambiences Research Network

9.45-10.45 Keynote 1

Professor Tonino Griffero, Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”

‘Theatrical Atmospheres: Much Ado About Nothing?’

10.45-11.15 Break

11.15- 1 Panel 1

Contexts and Frameworks – spaces, bodies and climate


Dr. Tom Cornford, Central School of Speech and Drama

  • ‘Michael Chekhov’s Atmospheric Dramaturgy’


Lydia Jorgensøn, Copenhagen Business School


  • ‘The Theatrical in Organizational Atmosphere’



Dr. Evelyn O’Malley, University of Exeter

  • ‘Weathering Atmospheric Theatre’



Dr. Rosie Klich, University of Kent

  • ‘Mediated Absence and Sensory Bleed’


1-2 LUNCH   –          Jessell Room

2-3.40 PANEL 2       –           Senate Room

Containment and Circulation- mood, breath and air


Dr. George Home-Cook, Independent Scholar

  • ‘Attending Atmospheres’



Dr. Anna Harpin, University of Warwick

  • ‘Something and Nothing: Realism and Melancholy in Marsha Norman’s ‘Night, Mother’



Dr. Chloe Preedy, University of Exeter

  • ‘‘Contagious’, ‘Poisoned’, and ‘Stinking’: Early Modern Theatrical Atmospheres’



Dr. Allison Deutermann, CUNY

  • ‘Early Modern Breath and Breathing: 2 Henry 6’


3.40-4 Break

4-5.30 Panel 3 – Senate Room

Practical and ambient technologies of atmosphere in the theatre


Dr. Scott Palmer, University of Leeds

  • ‘Light, darkness and scenographic atmosphere’


Dr. Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, Queen Mary University of London


  • ‘On the margins of the artificially illuminated city’


Dr. Joslin McKinney, University of Leeds


  • ‘Scenographic atmosphere, materiality and spectatorship’



5.30-6 Roundup and Information for Saturday’s Workshop

6-7: Break

  • Travel to Barbican Centre
  • Canteen and Diner on site for dinner


7.15 Titus Andronicus dir. Blanche McIntyre for The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Barbican Centre

  • 3 hours including interval
  • Suggested places for post-show drinks: The Jugged Hare/ Two Brewers

Day 2- Arts One and Two Buildings, Queen Mary University of London


9-9.30 Coffee       Arts One Foyer

9.30-12.30 WORKSHOP- Arts One Building

    • Yaron Shyldkrot, University of Surrey– Working Group 1
    • Karen Christopher, Queen Mary University of London – Working Group 2
    • Chloe Déchery, Université Paris 8 – Working Group 3


12.30-1.15 Lunch Arts One Foyer

1.15-2.15 “kimosphere no. 5”  Film and Drama Studio, Arts Two Building

“kimosphere no. 5”

by DAP-Lab

Scenography: Johannes Birringer / design-in-motion by Michèle Danjoux

Sound: Sara S. Belle

Mugu interfaces: Haein Song

Dancers: Helenna Ren, Haein Song, Yoko Ishiguro, Zhi Xu, Vanessa Michielon

Virtual Reality design: Doros Polydorou

2.30-3.30 Keynote 2: Professor Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow

3.30-3.45 Break

3.45-5.15 Plenary Discussion

Feedback from Working Groups

5.15-5.45 Summary and Next Steps

Led by Dr Martin Welton and Dr Penelope Woods

5.45 Close

Post-conference drinks at The Morgan Arms, Tredegar Square


Day 1- Senate House, Bloomsbury

 nearest train and tube stations:

Euston; King’s Cross St Pancras; Russell Square; Holburn; Googe St; Warren St;

Directions from Senate House to Barbican Centre, Silk St

By Tube:

Walk to Holburn and take Central Line Tube to St Paul’s walk to Barbican Station (c. 25 mins)

Walk to Euston Square Station and take Circle, Hammersmith or Metropolitan Line Tube to Barbican (c. 25 mins)

Walk to Russell Square Tube and take Piccadilly Line Tube to King’s Cross St Pancras, change to Circle, Hammersmith or Metropolitan Line Tube to Barbican Station (25 mins)

By Bus:

Walk to Bloomsbury Square, take bus No. 55 from Stop F, direction “Leyton”. Get off at Goswell Road. Walk to Barbican Centre (c. 30 mins)

On Foot: Walk to Southampton Row, head South and then turn left on High Holburn, then turn left onto Charterhouse St and then right onto Aldersgate St (c. 40 mins)

By car/taxi/bicycle: c. 13 mins

Day 2- Arts One Building, Queen Mary University of London

nearest tube stations:

Mile End; Stepney Green