Performing Oral History. University of Greenwich

Day Symposium

Tuesday 12th April 2022

University of Greenwich. Bathway Theatre, Bathway, Woolwich, SE18 6QX

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The University of Greenwich’s Drama, Theatre and Performance Research Group, in collaboration with the Oral History Society’s Special Interest Groups (Creative Oral History and LGBT+ Oral Histories) and partnered with the European Reminiscence Network, the Reminiscence Theatre Archive, the LGBT+ staff community (University of Greenwich) and “Avant Gardening”. This symposium focuses on the ways in which oral testimony may be used as sources of creative endeavour, resulting in performance which can be shared with a wider audience.

Keynote speakers

Our keynote speakers, David Thacker, Pam Schweitzer and Clare Summerskill, bring with them many years of experience as writers directors and performers in this field. This experience will be shared through papers and workshops.

Call for Papers

We are interested in offers of papers, workshops, performances, and creative modes of dissemination which may explore, but are not limited to the following:

  • Inclusive and co-created practice using oral history
  • Specific performance methodologies
  • The impact of methods on participants and audiences
  • Improvisation as a method of memory retrieval for people living with dementia
  • The value of oral history for students of Drama in Higher Education
  • The health and well-being implications of creative involvement
  • The value of devising and performance across cultures and generations

We welcome submissions from contributors of all backgrounds

Please send in a 250-word abstract and a 100-word biography to:

Vania Lourenco Thewlis by 1st December 2021

We believe this event will be of interest to theatre practitioners, oral historians, academics in the worlds of Arts, Humanities and Education, Community Archivists and people exploring creative approaches to oral history.


12 Apr 2022


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