The Jean Genie: Why Jean Genet Still Matters. In Plymouth (And Lots of Other Places). Right Now.

29 Jun 2014

Event times

1pm > 5pm


Travel Information

  • Royal Parade, where many buses, terminate is a short walk away and Bretonside bus station is adjacent
  • Plymouth station is a 15 minute walk away

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An afternoon of talks and talking, with tea and coffee, ice cream, popcorn, and a glass of wine...


The event explores why the work of French writer, dramatist, film-maker and activist, Jean Genet, remains so powerful and fresh nearly 30 years after his death. It is the culmination of a performing arts project called Heaven on Earth? that has produced a touring theatre production and a film, and is engaging practitioners, participants and audiences across Europe - from Athens to Zaragoza, from Istanbul to Plymouth. The project is inspired by Genet's poetic vision and ethical commitment, especially to those excluded from mainstream society, and focuses on the dynamics between people and docks/ports. The afternoon ends with the UK premiere of Heaven is a Place, a dance film made by Kayla Parker, Roberta Mock and Ruth Way, with emergent professional performers and members of Plymouth's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities.