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Viral Theatre Podcast

Welcome to the Viral Theatre Podcast, a series of episodes based on our hybrid conference on the topic which took place from 21-23 July 2021 and was sponsored by the Volkswagen-Foundation.

In our first season, we well publish four episodes - one episode every three weeks. Follow us and stay tuned!

Concept and idea:

Heidi Liedke (University of Koblenz-Landau / Email: Twitter: @heidilulie)

Monika Pietrzak-Franger (University of Vienna / Email: / Twitter: @franger_monika)


Paula Scheschonka

Poster design:

Carolin Haša


Episode 4 - Viral Theatre Podcast
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Episode 3 - Viral Theatre Podcast
Show Details30min 58s
Episode 2 - Viral Theatre Podcast
Show Details43min 20s
Episode 1 - Viral Theatre Podcast
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Episode 1: Heidi Liedke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger provide an introduction to the key concepts of viral theatre and talk about theatrical liveness and communality in times of social distancing.


Aebischer, Pascale. Viral Shakespeare. Performance in the Time of Pandemic. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2021.

Aebischer, Pascale and Rachael Nicholas. Digital Theatre Transformation: A Case Study and Digital Toolkit. University of Exeter, 14 Aug. 2020. Web. 28 Nov. 2020. <>.

Artaud, Antonin. „The Theatre and the Plague.“ The Theatre and Its Double. Trans. Victor Corti. Surrey: Alma Books, 2010. 9-20.

Auslander, Philip. Performance in a Mediatized Culture. London: Routledge, 2008.

Couldry, Nick. „Liveness, ‚Reality,‘ and the Mediated Habitus from Television to the Mobile Phone.“ The Communication Review 7.4 (2004): 353-361.

Felton-Dansky, Miriam. Viral Performance: Contagious Theatres from Modernism to Digital Age. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2018.

Fischer-Lichte, Erika. Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual: Exploring Forms of Political Theatre. London: Routledge, 2005.

Hutchby, Ian, and Simone Barnett. „Aspects of the Sequential Organization of Mobile Phone Conversation.“ Discourse Studies 7.2 (2005): 147-171.

Klier, Helmar, ed. Theaterwissenschaft im deutschsprachigen Raum. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1981.

Liedke, Heidi and Monika Pietrzak-Franger. „Viral Theatre: Preliminary Thoughts on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Online Theatre.“ JCDE 9.1 (2021): 128-144.

Liedke, Heidi. Review of Antony and Cleopatra (NT At Home). Shakespeare Bulletin 39.1 (2021): 151-155.

Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel. „Liveness: Phelan, Auslander, and After.“ Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 29.2 (2015): 69-79.

Plato. The Republic. Trans. Desmond Lee. New York: Penguin, 1987.

van Es, Karin. „Liveness Redux: On Media and Their Claim to Be Live.“ Media, Culture & Society 39.8 (2017): 1245-1256.

31min 51s
Published Mar 14, 2022 at 4:44pm