Staging Decadence

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia Article or Participation


This film offers an introduction to theatre and decadence, and a taste of some promiscuously-sourced histories, journeying from ancient Roman actor-emperors, to ethereal plays of the 1890s, countercultural bohemians in the 1960s, the culture wars in the 1990s, right through to theatre makers and live artists in our own day. It was made by the Staging Decadence project team, and features interviews with Penny Arcade, Giulia Casalini, Alice Condé, Jessica Gossling, Richard Kaye, Shushma Malik, Nando Messias, Lucy McCormick, Owen Parry, Dan Rebellato, Normandy Sherwood, John Stokes, Selina Thompson, Ben Walters, David Weir, & Nia Witherspoon, as well as performances by Penny Arcade, Ron Athey, Steven Berkoff, Darkwah, DEEP TRASH, Hasard Le Sin, Nando Messias, Lucy McCormick, Selina Thompson, Normandy Sherwood, Sadie Sinner, Jack Smith, Théâtre de l'Entrouvert, & Nia Witherspoon. As with all Staging Decadence projects, it was made possible thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
PeriodMay 2022
Held atGoldsmiths (University of London), United Kingdom


  • decadence
  • performance
  • theatre
  • queer
  • feminism
  • Black