Inventing The Modern Play: Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Leo Butler in conversation

Dear all,


Happy New Year. We’re delighted to announce that the King’s College London Centre for Modern Literature and Culture’s first event in February will continue the theme of Inventing the Modern, bringing a new focus on drama:


Inventing The Modern Play: Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Leo Butler in conversation


Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Wednesday 17th February, 6.30-8.00pm


A number of contemporary writers of fiction see themselves as interacting with, or even extending, modernism. But what about contemporary playwriting? The work of modernist writers such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter still exerts a strong influence over theatre, but does that make contemporary theatre modernist? And how is theatre’s relationship to modernism shaped by the fact that it is always performance, and never just a text? For example, does a modernist play text always make for a modernist performance? Acclaimed playwrights Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Leo Butler will discuss their work and its relationship to modernism.


Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s plays include Soho – A Tale of Table DancersThe Night Season which opened at the National Theatre in 2004 and won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award. Her Naked Skin was the first play to be written by a woman at the National’s Olivier Theatre.The Painter was produced at the Arcola Theatre and Shoreditch Madonnaat the Soho Theatre.


Leo Butler’s plays include Made of Stone, Redundant, Lucky Dog and Faces in the Crowd, all produced at the Royal Court Theatre.  He also taught the Royal Court’s prestigious Young Writer’s Programme between 2006 and 2014.  He won the George Devine Award for Redundant in 2001.  I’ll Be The Devil was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Alison! A Rock Opera was produced at the King’s Head Theatre.  His new play Boy is being produced at the Almeida Theatre in April 2016.


The talk is free and open to all, but registration is required via our Eventbrite page:


This event is intended especially to interest students planning to enter our Ivan Juritz Prize. Submissions for the prize are due on Monday 28thMarch and more details can be found here:


We hope to see you in February.



Centre for Modern Literature and Culture

Arts & Humanities Research Institute

School of Arts & Humanities

King’s College London


Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2375