Christopher Harris

Christopher Harris
regional managing editor - The Netherlands

Chris Harris is originally from South Wales He is the recipient of the 2016 Richard Carne Playwriting prize following tuition with playwright Brad Birch at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. He graduated from Aberystwyth University in Drama with the Evan Morgan Scholarship in 2014. In March, he worked with Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, Aberystwyth to develop a new play for young audiences with South African dramaturg and theatre-maker Eliot Moleba. The project will continue into 2018. His work has been performed by numerous companies in Wales and the UK, including the Sherman Theatre, Dirty Protest and Chippy Lane. He has a new 20th Century adaptation currently in development with Aberystwyth Arts Centre in West Wales. He is currently living in Amsterdam studying for an MA in International Dramaturgy.

How Can We Transform The World Through One’s Self? Amsterdam’s Butoh Festival

In Waves: Transforming The World Through One’s Self At Amsterdam’s Butoh Festival In order to radically change the world, firstly you must make a change within yourself. The expressive check-in with one’s own self, or as Jean-Luc Nancy would interpret, the “return to self,” is a rampant theme for those who engage with their own bodies. I understand that performative events such as dance to resonate this notion. It’s also this notion that will be focused on during the Butoh Festival in Amsterdam’s Teatro Munganga this weekend. But even the term “Butoh” turbulates some issues. When I sat down to...

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“Y Tad” – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (A Welsh Translation of Florian Zeller’s “The Father”)

Terry Eagleton reminds us that in order for tragedy to occur, then the protagonist must be in search of their own complete individual identity of freedom [1]. That freedom, as I understand it, comes in multiple forms. Usually, if we begin in the Aristotelian sense, the harmatia (or, the tragic “flaw”) is that the character cannot be in control of the desired fate that (in ancient terms) the gods have set for them. In the case of Y Tad, that fate is out of the hands of Arwyn, the central protagonist of this story. As previously mentioned in my...

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“I Feel As If I’m Loosing My Leaves:” Translatability Of Theme Through Language In Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Production Of Florian Zeller’s “Y Tad”

The universality of Florian Zeller’s undiminished modern masterpiece The Father has ceased to lose its translatability to a wider global audience. There aren’t many plays in the contemporary repertoire which have gauged the same excitement and fascination by audiences, scholars and theatre-makers alike. Here in September, the premiere of a recent Dutch translation by Jolijn Tevel reached the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein[i]. This month, Wales’ flagship Welsh language theatre company Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru will be the first company in Wales to present the inaugural Welsh translation by Geraint Løvgreen. The Play. The Father, premiered in Paris in 2015 (entitled Le...

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‘Gwyl’ – Two Theatre Festivals in Wales for Summer 2017

Summer. If you’re a Briton, it’s the lasting struggle and hope for sunshine. Nonetheless, theatre festivals continue to hit our fields, meadows, cities, towns and beyond. Latitude will grace Henham Park in Suffolk during July. Open-air theatres up and down the country will flood the parks to put on a season of productions. In fact, the UK leads in the long-standing tradition of outdoor productions of Shakespeare’s works. Perhaps more widely-acclaimed is the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which celebrates its 70th anniversary as it prepares for its take-over of the city. Wales is trimming the grass for its share...

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The Current State of Theatre in Wales – A Brief Introduction

Wales. A nation of folklore…the Mabinogion, Prince Madog, King Arthur. Embracers of the land, the forestry, and the mountains. A country of a song with a relished history of storytelling. A legacy of people with the spirit of revolution in their blood (the Becca Girls…the Chartists…). Singers, lovers, travelers, and rioters. Birthplace of notable poets Dylan Thomas, RS Thomas and WH Davies. A country with a smaller population than London – a mere 3 million. In fact, if we estimate that 1% of that population have occupancy in the theatre, then (you can imagine) it’s a very communal place...

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