Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Theatre Group discussion

An online seminar exploring some background to the play and Tennessee Williams

cat on a hot tin roof at the royal exchange theatre manchester
This is a past event
Date and time
3 April 2023
Free to members and friends of members


Find out more about Tennessee Williams as a playwright, the context in which he was writing and the themes he tackled.

This Lit & Phil member-led discussion will consist of an informal introduction to Tennessee Williams’ play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, prior to our visit to see the production at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

A short presentation will be given by Tony Jackson, with additional input from Joanna Lavelle. As well as providing some background to the play and Williams, especially the battles he had with stage and film directors over this particular play, some questions and talking points will be suggested to consider when attending the performance.

The session will be about 45 minutes long and will include opportunities for questions and discussion among the participants.

All are welcome, whether or not you can attend the production at the Royal Exchange.

Good to know: the meeting will be online using Blue Jeans, allowing all users to be seen and to join the discussion. There will also be a post-production on-line discussion on April 25th at 6.30pm via Blue Jeans.

Image credit: Royal Exchange Theatre

professor tony jackson

Professor Tony Jackson

Tony  Jackson is Emeritus Professor of Educational Theatre at the University of Manchester and currently the Vice-President of the Manchester Lit and Phil. His books include Learning through Theatre (multiple editions) and Theatre, Education and the Making of Meanings.

Tony co-founded Manchester’s Centre for Applied Theatre Research; has been an active trustee of two professional young people’s theatre companies in the north-west. He has given talks in Europe, the USA, South Africa and Australia.

joanna lavelle

Joanna Lavelle

Joanna Lavelle trained in drama with the London Academy of Music and Drama before acting in roles from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. Her one-woman shows have been praised by critics and audiences alike. Alongside her acting, Joanna has enjoyed a career in marketing and development in the not for profit and educational sectors. She is currently joint Secretary of the Lit & Phil’s Arts Section.

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