1st Dublin International Theatre Symposium

From 1997 to 2003 Pan Pan produced the Dublin International Theatre Symposium, a unique and dynamic programme of talks, workshops, demonstration-performances and full productions.

The Symposium gave an Irish audience the chance to engage with a variety of styles, approaches and viewpoints in contemporary theatre from Europe and further afield, allowing space for discussion and engagement with the theatre artists through the workshop and talks programmes and through the demonstration-performances, giving an insight into the varied creation processes. Symposia 1 – 4 included an open plenary session on the final day where the audience and participants were welcome to discuss the week.

1st Symposium Participants

Graeae Theatre Company, UK
1 day workshop led by Artistic Director, Ewan Marshal
Talk and demonstration-performance of the history and work of Graeae

Mandala, Poland

1 day workshop on creating text for theatre through movement, images, dreams and everyday objects
Demonstration-performance by Andrzej Sadowski of The Treaty of the Tailor’s Dummy
Talk on the work of the company

Marburger Theaterwerkstatt, Germany
Talk on the work of the company

Pan Pan Theatre, Ireland
Performance of Tailors Requiem
Talk on the work of the company

Scena Plastyczna KUL, Poland

5 day workshop with Leszek Madzik (one day open to the public for observation)
Demonstration-performance of Twelve Simple Chairs, a non-verbal work created during the workshop
Talk on the work of Leszek Madzik and the company

Scarlet Theatre, UK

1 day workshop with Grainne Byrne on exercises developed by the company to create character
Talk on the work of the company

Teatro Potlach, Italy

1 day workshop on The Actor’s Art, led by Pino di Buduo
Demonstration-performance of Memorie, performed by Daniela Regnoli
Talk on the work of the company

Théâtre de L’Instant, France
1 day workshop with actor-director Bernard Lotti exploring Karl Valentin’s theatre of the grotesque
Demonstration-performance of Le Bastringue by Karl Valentin
Talk on the work of the company

Tyst Teater, Sweden

1 day workshop with Artistic Director Tom Fjordefalk on historic theatre techniques, such as Meyerhold’s biomechanics
Demonstration-performance of The Shakespearean Hit Parade with actor Janus Iancu
Talk on the work of the company


  • Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin
    3 - 8 January 1997