A six-day programme of talks, workshops, demonstrations and performances for Irish and European theatre practitioners.

Lead Partner

Pan Pan Theatre, IE


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (IE), the Arts Council (IE), Dood Paard (NL),MarburgerTheaterwerkstatt, DE

Funding Strand

Culture 2000 Action 1

Community Grant



The Dublin International Theatre Symposium was a six day programme of talks focused on practices and approaches to theatre in each participant's country; workshops that offered actors, directors and students the opportunity to explore the styles and approaches developed by European Practitioners; demonstrations of work in progress and full performances by Irish and European theatre companies. All elements of the programme were documented and recorded on film.

  • To provide opportunities for audiences and practitioners to increase their knowledge andunderstanding of practices in contemporary theatre.
  • To inform and develop skills of European theatre practitioners.
  • To establish links between companies.
  • To encourage debate between theatre companies and the audience.
  • To bring together European companies from different theatrical traditions.

The symposium offered audiences a rare opportunity to see and participate in the work of a very wide variety of companies from all over Europe, who represented very different approaches and who came from a variety of theatrical backgrounds.

The symposium which operated on a larger scale than ever before increased awareness among audiences and practitioners of the great richness and variety not only of European theatre but of European culture.  It led to increased awareness of practice and approaches to theatre in Europe and to exchange between theatre companies as well as between individuals. 

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