What's on

Drama performances, events and seminars are shown on this page. Please remember that coursework performances may not appear until a week before the performance, so please check back regularly.

Wed 17 Oct

Start time: 16:30

Tickets for students/staff: 18
Tickets for public: 19
Admission Free
End Time: 18:30

Research Seminar: Phillip Zarrilli - Subjectivity, Self, Character & Figure in Performance

Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

"Is it possible that the self is not an object, not a noun, but a verb…?"  (Zia Haider Rahman 2014:447)

This talk is based on a chapter from my forthcoming book, `(toward) a phenomenology of acting (Routledge Press). I discuss the relationship between subjectivity, self, and ‘character’ or ‘figure’ in performance. The nature of our subjective experience, and the notion of ‘self’ are of course absolutely central to the work and experience of the actor in performance; however, among cognitive/neuro-scientists as well as psychologists and philosophers, there is absolutely “no consensus about whether the self has an experiential reality or whether it is nothing but a theoretical fiction” (Gallagher and Zahavi 2012:219). I will negotiate my way through various concepts of 'self' in order to focus on how/why the work of actors/performers can be clarified and enriched by a better understanding the relationship between subjectivity, self, character and figure. 

Thu 18 Oct

Start time: 19:00

Admission Free
End Time: 20:30

Creative Dialogues: In Conversation with Kamila Shamsie

Location: Alumni Auditorium, The Forum - Postcode: EX4 4PT Show on Map

The next event in the Creative Dialogues series features award winning author Kamila Shamsie, the 2018 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction in conversation with Professor Vesna Goldsworthy,  Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.  

The event will be hosted by the Provost, Professor Janice Kay CBE.

‘Creative Dialogues’ is a series of ‘in-conversation’ events, which brings a range of high-profile speakers who are leaders in their respective fields, from across the creative arts, journalism and the creative industries to Exeter.

Attendance is by Eventbrite registration: https://creativedialogues.eventbrite.co.uk

Mon 22 Oct

Start time: 13:00

Tickets for students/staff: 28
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 13:30

Two Towers

Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

A Sharing of Practice Research by Howard Gayton

Combining the energy and madness of Commedia dell'Arte wtih the musicality and rhythm of new verse.

Wed 14 Nov

Start time: 16:30

Tickets for students/staff: 27
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Perspectives on Practice: Practicing Between Cultures

Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

More information coming soon

Wed 28 Nov

Start time: 16:30

Tickets for students/staff: 26
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

The Acting Class - film screening and discussion with filmmaker

Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

All the world’s a stage. But not all the players are equal.

When Tom Stocks, a young man from Bolton has to turn down a chance to study at the East 15 drama school because he cannot afford the fees, he sets up a campaign to highlight socio-economic exclusion in the arts. Tom is not alone. Actors from working class backgrounds are struggling to get in and get on in an industry stacked against them. Established actors worry about where the next generation of talent from modest backgrounds is going to come from. Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Maxine Peake and Samuel West are among those who feature in this film talking about the barriers to success. And this is an issue not just for those who see their dreams thwarted because they do not have the ‘bank of mom and dad’ to back them. Who gets to be on our stages and screens matters to all of us. Whose stories get told, what images we have of ourselves, who we think ‘we’ are, helps shape our identities. And that is political.


Deirdre O’ Neill is a working class lecturer and filmmaker.

Her new book Film as a Radical Pedagogic Tool explores the way in which a radical pedagogy of film grounded in the experiences, class location and everyday realities of the working class can provide a starting point for a critical engagement with and a materialist understanding of how society is organised.

She is the co-coordinator of the Inside Film Project http://www.insidefilm.org

She has co- directed (with Mike Wayne) three films Listen to Venezuela http://listentovenezuela.info and Condition of the Working Class http://www.conditionoftheworkingclass.info. Their latest film The Acting Class is about the lack of working class actors https://theactingclass.info/