Making multilingual theatre: a symposium

Orange Polar Bear play image
7 November 2018
Birmingham Repertory Theatre


Orange Polar Bear play image

To accompany the world premiere of Evan Placey and Ko, Sun-Duck’s bilingual play ORANGE POLAR BEAR, the Multilingual Performance Project (Creative Multilingualism, University of Oxford) and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) are pleased to announce our:


on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

9:30 Registration and refreshments 

10-11:30 Session 1: Multilingual Theatre-making Case Studies 

To include contributions from artistic directors of Two Destination Language (Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie), artistic director of Sputnik Theatre (Noah Birksted-Breen) and associate hip-hop artists, Lady Sanity and Stanza Divan followed by Q&A chaired by Professor Rajinder Dudrah (BCU and Creative Multilingualism). 


11:45-12:45 Session 2: Hanyong’s Multilingual Theatre Past 

A lecture demonstration by Peter Wynne-Willson (Applied Performance course director at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and director of Orange Polar Bear) exploring Hanyong Theatre Company’s previous multilingual co-productions such as Nori, The Bridge and Looking for Yoghurt.


13:30 Performance of Orange Polar Bear 

(a co-production between the National Theatre Company of Korea, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Hanyong Theatre in association with BCU. For more info:


15:30-16:45 Session 3: Discussion with Cast and Creatives of Orange Polar Bear. 

Chaired by Tessa Walker (Associate Director, Birmingham REP) with cast and creatives of Orange Polar Bear including writers Evan Placey and Ko, Sun-Duck; director Peter Wynne-Willson; producers Kim, Miyun and Judy Owen; Assistant Director Moon, Sae-mi; and Director of the National Theater Company of Korea's Young People's Research Centre Kim, Sung-ye. 

Post-symposium: opportunity to continue conversations front-of-house.

Afterwards: optional Korean meal in city centre (not included in ticket price - further information to follow)

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This symposium is co-convened by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University; the Multilingual Performance Project, Creative Multilingualism; and the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, with support from The REP and Arts Council England.