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Theatre & Performance: Hedda Gabler – Contemporary Resonance & Staging – University Tutorial With Dr Gareth Llŷr Evans from Aberystwyth University

18th January 2022 @ 16:15 - 17:00


In this live interactive Theatre & Performance tutorial entitled Hedda Gabler – Contemporary Resonance & Staging, we will be joined by Dr Gareth Llŷr Evans, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided by Aberystwyth in a Headliner recorded resource (see below) which offers insights into the key academic research and debate related to this enduring play. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.

Since its first performance in Munich in 1891, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler has been hailed as a masterpiece, resonating with audiences around the world. But now, in 2022, how much do we really identify with this tragic heroine? How can a contemporary audience relate to the story of a privileged and a dissatisfied middle class Norwegian housewife set during the late nineteenth century?

By focusing on recent productions of the play, in this short video lecture and live session we will examine what contemporary resonances are to be found in Ibsen’s text, and consider how these might be foregrounded in your own staging.

The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.

The Headliner recording is below.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Gareth Llŷr Evans is a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University. He teaches and researches contemporary theatre and performance, with a specific focus on Welsh-language work. He is currently writing a book on the playwright Aled Jones Williams, and is also a theatre critic for The Guardian.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying Theatre & Performance and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues/questions.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



18th January 2022
16:15 - 17:00
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