#06_A drama in Quarantine

Episode Summary

Anti-pandemic regulations did not favour collective on-stage creation. Did the limitation of theatrical activities improve the position of playwrights, the majority of whom write in isolation, or did it make their already fragile situation even more precarious? What themes has Covid-19 introduced to dramatic theatre? Are the texts written in this period more introverted, or, on the contrary, more radical? Have the initiatives launched to alleviate the symptoms of covid in the sphere of new writing been successful? Taking the Living Newspaper project (Royal Court Theatre, London), the L’ubimovka Festival of Young Playwrights (Moscow), the Monovid-19, series of staged monologues (Croatia) and the Dráma competition for Slovak and Czech plays as examples, in this episode, we discuss the sustainability of drama as a literary and theatrical genre. 

Episode Notes

Participants of Show must go on/off line discussion that served as base for this podcast 

Jelena Kovacic (HR), Editor, Monovid- 19

Maria Kroupnik (RU), Curator of the Educational Programme, The Lubimovka Young Russian Playwrights Festival

Lucia Mihálová (SK), Member of Jury, The Dráma competition

Sam Pritchard (UK), Associate Director, The Royal Court Theatre

Jakub Škorpil (CZ), Theatre Critic, World and Theatre magazine


Zuzana Uličianská / Slovakia – Head of the PR Department, Theatre Institute Bratislava

Links to projects, organisations and initiatives mentioned in the discussion and in this episode:

Monovid-19 :

Lubimovka Young Russian Playwrights Festival:

Polina Korotych, I am at home:

The Royal Court Theatre:

This episode is written by: Zuzana Uličianská / Slovakia – Head of the PR Department, Theatre Institute Bratislava.