What does ‘Post-Internet’ theatre look like?

Convener(s): Susanna Davies-Crook

Participants: Anon. – at various stages included Tom Ross Williams, Tassos Stevens, Matt Trueman, Amy Letman, Hannah Nicklin and more


Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

How theatre and performance practices are changing in an emergent age of digital nativity. 

How technology is used in theatre

What a ‘post-medium’ condition could equate to in theatre

How character is used 

How narrative changes across networked experience

The fear of losing the site of the theatre or the durational performative experience

Changing forms

The importance of live experience

Can you have theatre if it is just one participant experiencing something through the screen

Short sharp bursts of theatre or experience as equivalent to short sharp bursts of information on the Internet

Questions of access to the net


Bombardment of narratives and information that the internet allows and how this changes artistic and writing practices

The difference in experience and intention of maker and audience

Dries Verhoeven (sp?)

Tim Etchells

SMS spectacular

Blast Theory



“Rules of Play” – book

gaming as a way of accessing fragmented narrative devices and self-emergent or self-organising narratives

How can theatre expose the characteristics of the network or machine – ghost in the machine

Rosa Menkman – glitch


Real / not real

Matt Locke

Character vs Roleplay

User-journey access

Deborah Pearson  - narrative in the internet age

Not using tech as a bolt on but it being irrevocably intrinsic to the creation and presentation of the work

Orange Tree performance

Grabbing attention, shifting audience attentions, overwhelming them