Athens International Conference 2018
Theatre/Drama and Performing Arts in Education
Utopia or Necessity?

Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) in the 20th anniversary of its foundation (1998-2018), in partnership with the International Drama/Theatre & Education Association (IDEA) and in collaboration with a number of academic, professional and artistic institutions in Greece and abroad, is organizing the 8th Athens International Conference on Theatre and Performing Arts in Education.

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Event date: 11/25/2018 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Export event
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(ALL SEATS ARE FILLED) Delusions of Hope In Guy de Maupassant’s ‘My Uncle Jules’

(ALL SEATS ARE FILLED) Delusions of Hope In Guy de Maupassant’s ‘My Uncle Jules’

Athens, 25/11/2018, Workshop, Joe Winston

Delusions of Hope In Guy de Maupassant’s ‘My Uncle Jules’

Athens, 25/11/2018

Joe Winston, Professorial Fellow in Drama and Theatre Education, University of Warwick, UK

Workshop 2,5 hours
organised by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) 

Language: English

This workshop will take as its subject the short story ‘Mon Oncle Jules’ by the French writer Guy de Maupassant. It tells of an impoverished bourgeois family in nineteenth century Normandy awaiting the arrival of Uncle Jules from America, who has promised to return with wealth and money, enough to change their fortunes. The workshop  explores, through dramatic means, the characters and their dreams, their motivations and delusions and the moment when their hopes are finally shattered. Despite the bleakness of its storyline, the workshop will be active and full of humour, with compassion and humanity at its core. In a conference concerned with hope and ideas of utopia, this workshop will offer a counterpoint to the central theme and participants will be encouraged to reflect what the story can teach us not only about the human need for hope but also about the kinds of hope that can sustain us as well as those that can delude us.


Joe Winston is currently Professorial Fellow in Drama and Theatre Education at the University of Warwick, UK. For many years he was co-coordinator of the university’s highly successful MA in Drama and Theatre Education and he co-founded the MA in Drama and English Language Teaching, which has been running since 2014. Throughout his career, he has published many books and research articles for academics and teachers. From 2005 to 2015 he was co-editor of Research in Drama Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. His publication ‘Beauty and Education’ was book of the week in the Times Higher Education Supplement in April, 2010. More recently he has been researching the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company in schools in England and tracking its impact on teachers and their students. Currently Is working closely with drama and theatre groups in China interested in developing educational drama programmes.