Upcoming conference: ‘Performance and Television Space’

Upcoming conference: ‘Performance and Television Space’


This will be the second one-day event arising from the AHRC Spaces of Television: Production, Site and Style project. The project is led by Professor Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading) in collaboration with Professor James Chapman (University of Leicester) and Professor Stephen Lacey (University of Glamorgan).  The conference will be on Friday 20 April 2012, and will be held at
The ATRiuM, 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff CF24 2FN.  The
registration fee is £25 (£20 students and unwaged).



The conference will focus on performance and its relationship to television space, with a particular – though not exclusive – emphasis on UK television drama 1955-1994, the period covered by the ‘Spaces of Television’ project.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Christine Geraghty (Glasgow): ‘Twitchy editing and careening cameras’: the presentation of performance in Bleak House (2005): this paper will comment on the impact of setting on the presentation of performance in two BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House in 1985 and 2005

The symposium will contain four panels:

     Genre Performance;

     Performing Studio Language and Practices;

     Theatrical Performance; and

     Community Performance.


In what promises to be a very stimulating day, presentations will range widely; from an analysis of performance and space in dinner-table scenes in Coronation St (1960-) and Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976) to the criminal location as performance space in Z Cars (1960-78) and Strangers (1978-82); from the influence of the actor’s union, Equity, on BBC studio drama to the relationships between radical black theatre and television performance in Black Feet in the Snow (1974); and from feminism and studio performance in Rock Follies (1976) to Lindsay Anderson’s Brechtian TV drama, The Old Crowd (BBC 1979)

The day will include an interview with the actor Maurice Roeves (Tutti Frutti, The Journal of Bridget Hitler, Doctor Who, Danger UXB).

For more information and to book, follow these links:

     Booking form

     Conference programme (this may be subject to minor alteration)


     Travel and accommodation information


Further further enquiries, please contact: Stephen Lacey: swlacey@glam.ac.uk