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Durham University

Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art


Theatre is a fertile site of encounter between the visual and other cultural forms. It brings multiple sign systems into play with one another and with an audience: spoken language and vocal intonation; facial expression, bodily gesture and movement; music and other sounds; the design of spaces, sets, costume and lighting. Spain and Latin America have rich traditions of dramatic writing, performance cultures and theatrical innovation.

Spanish theatre of the 20th and 21st centuries. Dr Michael Thompson researches the work of playwrights from Federico García Lorca (1920s-30s) to Paloma Pedrero (since 1985), and leads a collaborative project on theatre censorship in Spain and elsewhere.