The Ecoscenography Reading Group is a new virtual platform for theatre makers (and friends!) who are interested in exploring a variety of articles, books, plays and stories that forefront ecological ways of knowing. The Reading Group events aim to take place once a month, with each session focusing on a specific text (or series of texts) and featuring special guests to help generate dialogue for broader discussion. The event has been instigated as part of Ecoscenography’s engagement with the new PQ knowledge exchange platform. All Reading Group events are free and will be made accessible across a wide range of international time zones.
We are excited to announce our next reading group series for 2022! The Seasonal Book Club is an informal series of discussions that will take place online via the Ecoscenography Facebook Group, starting on the 3rd/4th of February. We will be exploring a collection of books that are inspiring us to think about the world in a more ecological way, starting with our Summer/Winter reading The Enchanted Life by Sharon Blackie. You can purchase Sharon’s book from any good bookshop or check out your local library for copies. There is also a wonderful audiobook version available for those who would rather listen (there is a free 30-day trial with Audible for new users). Whether you are snuggling up close to a fire in the Northern hemisphere or lying beside a body of water trying to escape the heat in the Southern parts of the world, this is an opportunity for some much-needed inspirational reading to kick start us into the new year. All reading group sessions will be informal opportunities for conversation with like-minded people. Alexandra Lord (Triga Creative) will join us in curating this first session. Happy Reading!
‘Ultimately, to live an enchanted life is to pick up the pieces of our bruised and battered psyches, and to offer them the nourishment they long for. It is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary. Above all, to live an enchanted life is to fall in love with the world all over again. This is an active choice, a leap of faith which is necessary not just for our own sakes, but for the sake of the wide, wild Earth in whose being and becoming we are so profoundly and beautifully entangled.’ EXTRACT FROM ‘THE ENCHANTED LIFE’
READING GROUP SERIES 2021
Our first three Ecoscenography Reading Group events took place in partnership with The Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA) and The Arctic Cycle’s Climate Change Theatre Action project (CCTA) in collaboration with World Stage Design 2022 (WSD2022), Triga Creative (Triga), Griffith University (Australia), Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and York University (Canada). These events explored Eco-theatre and Ecoscenography through a discussion of six selected CCTA plays by a diversity of playwrights across the globe.
The sessions were hosted by Queensland University of Technology and curated by QUT student Monique Roy, with the aim of integrating live and virtual performance readings and discussion. The information about our upcoming events is listed below. We can’t wait to have you join us for these exciting conversations!
Past CCTA Reading Group Event Recordings: