SYMPOSIUM: What is Play?

4 Nov 2021 to 5 Nov 2021
10am - 12.30pm (daily)
On Zoom

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) presents ‘What is a Play?’- an online symposium celebrating the 20th Anniversary of PLAYOGRAPHYIreland.

WHEN: Thursday 4th & Friday 5th November, 10am – 12.30pm (daily)
WHERE: On Zoom

ITI invites you to our online Symposium ‘What is a Play?’ Join us across two mornings celebrating and interrogating the art, craft and business of playwriting, built around the central provocation ‘What is a Play?’

Join us for a series of panel discussions, and a special keynote from leading contemporary playwright Mark Ravenhill, entitled: “A playwright is simply a maker or builder of plays.”

Talks will range in topic from: Irish non-verbal theatre in a historically literary tradition; the role of the creative team in bringing new writing to the stage; and the importance of documentation in an increasingly digital landscape.

Featuring a host of Ireland’s leading theatre practitioners, the full symposium schedule is now available here. 



ITI commissioned six responses from playwrights and theatre makers to the provocation ‘What is a Play?’Veronica Coburn, Rosemary Jenkinson, Thomas Kilroy, Phillip McMahon, Zoe Ní Riordáin and Martin Sharry. These essays are the building blocks of the keynote and panel discussions. In advance of the event, you will receive the digital publication as a companion to the symposium.



Mark Ravenhill’s plays include Shopping and Fucking and The Cane (Royal Court Theatre), Mother Clap’s Mollyhouse and Citizenship (National Theatre), The Cut (Donmar) and Pool No Water (Frantic Assembly). Recent work includes the musical Boy In The Dress (RSC) and lockdown audio drama Angela (Pitlochry/Edinburgh Lyceum/Radio 3). He is the incoming co Artistic Director of the Kings Head Theatre.

Irish Theatre Institute is core funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.