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10 May 201717:30

Freaks of History: James MacDonald Play Reading and Book Launch

Freaks of History is published by Intellect and gathers Wellclose Square and Unsex Me Here, alongside critical essays and director’s notes. These two large-scale plays explore disability and cultural marginalization against the backdrop of infamous historical events. This evening, we are in conversation with James MacDonald, celebrating his long relationship with the department stretching over 34 years. Conversations about representing disability and the writer - director collaboration will be coupled with staged scenes from James’s newest plays, directed by Martin Harvey. Full details
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23 November 201616:30

Technologized Animality: Performance beyond Humanity

Examining cross-species performance encounters of ‘technologized animality’ (between humans, animals and technologies), this talk frames a ‘becoming-animate’ that takes place through ideas of representation, presentation, and dissention in performance.. Full details
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18 November 201618:30

Being Human Festival: Staging Mortality: Provocation & Conversation

Theatre has an ephemeral quality. It also has the potential to make us uniquely aware of our finite existence.. Full details
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19 October 201616:30

Love on the Dole: Politics and the Return of Community Theatre

In July 2016 Salford Community Theatre Project staged a promenade adaptation of Walter Greenwood’s novel Love on the Dole. The novel, set in 1930s Salford, depicts the effects of poverty, unemployment and exploitation on the lives of ordinary Salfordians, culminating in the National Unemployed Workers Movement’s demonstration of 1931, now known as the Battle of Bexley Square. This talk will discuss the politics of the community play, and how this form allows both artists and community members, through the narratives of the past, to draw out the political tensions of the present.. Full details
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14 October 201617:30

Creating Alternative Performance Work in the Spaces Between

Phillip Zarrilli with playwright/dramaturg, Kaite O’Reilly This talk will serve as a prelude to the performance of Told by the Wind at the Exeter Northcott on Monday 17 October at 7:30p.m. The talk will begin with a discussion of the context and sources that inspired the co-creation of Told by the Wind. The talk will focus on the aesthetic and structural/dramaturgical principles that inform Japanese ‘phantasmal’ noh dramas, the ‘aesthetics of quietude’ associated with noh and the work of Ota Shogo, key concepts such as yugen and wabi sabi, as well as the notion of parallel universes from contemporary cosmology and astro-physics. Zarrilli will also briefly discuss the posychophysical training processes he uses to train actors that informs all the productions discussed. Full details
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22 July 201618:00

Screening of Estate: A Reverie

A film by Andrea Luka Zimmerman produced by Fugitive Images songs by Olivia Chaney “Samuel House, the final block in Hackney's Haggerston estate was demolished in autumn 2014, exemplar of a nationwide, even international, shift in the character and fabric of the inner cities. Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked and stereotyped by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents' own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.” You are very welcome to join us for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion between Fugitive Image’s David Roberts and the University of Exeter’s Katie Beswick, who is currently researching estate arts practices. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free of charge, but please do email k.beswick@exeter.ac.uk if you intend to attend. Full details
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28 June 201616:00

Patchwork Stories

Stories that may offer some answers to questions about how we live.. Full details
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31 May 201615:30

Curating Curiousity

Join the Drama Department for a research seminar conversation between Bryan Brown and David Lockwood, Director of the Department’s external partner the Bike Shed Theatre. Since its inception in 2010, Exeter’s Bike Shed Theatre has developed from a pop-up theatre space to a National Portfolio cultural organisation and an award-winning watering hole. Its current ambitious new capital project The Boat Shed seeks to engage an even broader network of partnerships, develop community agency, and incubate national and international performance projects in a nod to the building’s former glory as a centre of European trade. Full details
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24 May 201613:00

Nikolai Demidov's School of Acting - Pedagogy of the Future

Nikolai Demidov’s School of Acting is Russian Theatre’s best-kept secret. Until the first decade of the 21st century, the name of Nikolai Demidov (1884-1953) was known only to a narrow circle of specialists. Several “high-ranking” Stanislavski disciples prevented Demidov’s practices from surfacing for half a century following the master’s death. In Russia today, the Demidov heritage is slowly making its way into the curriculum at some of the country’s top acting conservatories. One of Russia’s foremost contemporary teachers of acting, Professor Veniamin Filshtinsky of the St. Petersburg Theatre Academy, refers to Demidov’s methods as “pedagogy of the future”. Demidov was one of three original teachers of the Stanislavski System (Sulerzhitsky-Vakhtangov-Demidov), the first editor of An Actor’s Work and the founding director of the Moscow Art Theatre School. Stanislavski’s close collaborator for 30 years, Demidov went on to disagree with Stanislavski over the use of analysis. Demidov’s School approaches an actor’s process as an indivisible flow of subconscious creativity – from the first steps of training. Moreover, Demidov pioneered non-analytical, organic techniques that enable actors to access and facilitate their intuitive process, as well as the character. The Demidov approach unveiled the secrets of the tragedians, such as Mochalov, Duse and Yermolova. It has proven successful in accessing the higher emotional spheres. To mark the forthcoming publication of his book, Nikolai Demidov: Becoming an Actor-Creator (Routledge, June 2016), Professor Malaev-Babel’s talk will concentrate on the history of Demidov’s methods, on his relationship with Stanislavski and the System, and on the contemporary experience of working with the Demidov technique at a top North American acting conservatory. About Andrei Malaev-Babel Trained as a director at Vakhtangov Theater Institute, Moscow, Russia, Andrei Malaev-Babel is the Head of Acting and an Associate Professor of Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida. He is a member of the international faculty and board of MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association in New York City and on the advisory board of Rose Bruford’s Stanislavski Centre. Since 1997, he has served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Stanislavsky Theater Studio (STS), an award-winning company and conservatory in Washington, DC. He was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as an Outstanding Director for his production of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. He is the author of The Vakhtangov Sourcebook (Routledge, 2011) and Evgeny Vakhtangov: A Critical Portrait (Routledge, 2012) as well as the forthcoming Nikolai Demidov: Becoming an Actor-Creator (Routledge, June 2016).. Full details
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18 May 201616:30

When is Voice Studies? Methodologies, Challenges and Atopias in an Emerging Field.

The last decade has witnessed a significant shift in the analysis of the sonic and aural in performance studies and beyond. Taking this larger paradigm shift as its point of departure, this seminar will attempt to trace the latest developments in the emerging inter-discipline of voice studies, with the particular challenges such an endeavour might present. Voice is now receiving concentrated attention in a variety of areas and, significantly, scholars and practitioners are establishing interdisciplinary bridges to invent new methodologies and create theoretical tools that can help us listen in to the new landscape of vocal practices with renewed interest and rigour. This seminar is designed to chart the genesis of the new field of enquiry but also to extend an invitation to re-imagine what voice studies is and what voice studies could become. Full details
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20 January 201617:00

Inaugural lecture: The Necessity of Theatre History: Making Visible the Invisible Women of the Theatre.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception from 6-7.00pm in the Queen's Cafe.. Full details
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11 January 201610:00

Applied Theatre in China

Professor Zhiyong Zhao, Associate Professor at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, and Visiting Scholar at Goldsmiths College, is visiting the department next week and will deliver a talk on Applied Theatre in China with a particular focus on his work with migrant workers in Beijing. The talk will include video documentation of the projects. You are warmly invited to join us for this talk, which will take place on Monday 11th January, 10 am - 12 pm, in TS4/5. Full details
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11 November 201514:00

Exeter South Asia Centre Symposium

The symposium is one of the inaugural events for the new Exeter South Asia Centre within the College of Humanities. It will consist of four papers by PhD students in Drama and Archaeology who are currently completing their programme as the first cohort to undertake the split-site PhD with the University of Exeter and the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore. This will be followed by a keynote talk by Professor Sumanyu Satpathy from the University of Delhi.. Full details
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21 October 201516:30

Drama Research Seminar: Dick McCaw

Dick McCaw is currently a Senior Lecturer at RHUL. As Artistic Director of the International Workshop Festival between 1993 to 2001, he organised programmes of professional workshops with distinguished international practitioners, which he has archived in close collaboration with Peter Hulton. Dick has also worked intensively on the Laban archive in Leeds. This experience will prompt him to reflect on the choices one makes in constructing a theatrical archive, which in addition to serving the needs of practitioners, also creates the raw material out of which theatre history is eventually made. Full details
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