Drama performances, events and seminars are shown here. Please remember that coursework performances may not appear until a week before the performance, so please check back regularly. See also the Conferences page.
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Sat 01 NovStart time: 19:30
Shake in a DayLocation: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Once again this year we throw our doors open to students who wish to discover, rehearse, learn and then perform a full Shakespeare play in a 24 period.
Wed 05 NovStart time: 13:30
Careers Talk: Redcape - Running a Theatre CompanyLocation: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Rebecca Loukes and theatre producers Turtle Key Arts (www.turtlekeyarts.com) will be giving a presentation/discussion about how to set up and maintain a theatre company in its first few years.
Rebecca co-founded RedCape theatre (www.redcapetheatre.co.uk) in 2007 and their first show The Idiot Colony won several awards at the Edinburg Fringe the following year. They began working with Turtle Key in 2008 and are now creating their third touring show.
Rebecca will share her experience with RedCape and together with Shaun Dawson from Turtle Key will talk around issues such as:
If you come with specific questions Rebecca and Shaun can also provide some mentoring and advice during the session tailored to your specific needs.
Wed 05 NovStart time: 16:30
Research Seminar: The Violence of Care: Love in the Age of Alzheimer'sPresented by: Dr Lucy Burke
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Wed 12 NovStart time: 13:30
Careers Talk: Working in Theatre Outreach and EducationPresented by: Kate Brown
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Kate Brown will talk about her experience of working in theatre outreach and education, giving insight into a career working with children and adults in education, community and applied drama contexts. She will discuss the day-to-day elements of each area of the work, including how to create and develop new outreach programmes and how outreach and education can work with and enhance the activity of other theatre departments. She will also discuss some of the main theatre companies specialising in theatre education/outreach and will offer advice on pursuing a career in this field.
Kate Brown graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA in Drama in 2007 and has since pursued a London-based career in Theatre Outreach and Education. In the last six years she has worked as a drama facilitator for companies such as Chickenshed Theatre Company, Bigfoot Arts Education, Discover Children’s Story Centre and Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, running workshops for children and young people. Alongside this, Kate has worked as Education Manager for Icarus Theatre Collective, creating and managing a full workshop programme to accompany the company’s national tours of Shakespeare productions and modern classics, and currently takes the role of Education & Outreach Manager for BeFrank Theatre Company, organising and facilitating workshops, discussions and events to accompany original theatre productions featuring real-life stories and verbatim material. Her passion for the issue of homelessness has also led her to volunteer as a workshop facilitator with homeless adults for Crisis at Christmas, Crisis Skylight and Cardboard Citizens.
Wed 26 NovStart time: 13:30
Careers Talk: Zach James - Working in the Creative IndustriesPresented by: Zach James
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Zachary James is a freelance director who graduated from Exeter University in 2011. He has recently been appointed by the National Theatre as Staff Director to Nicholas Hytner, with whom he will work on Tom Stoppard’s new play, The Hard Problem. Zachary’s other recent projects include Tree Of Seeds by Emmy award winning writer Kayhan Irani, a new opera by Pete Wyer entitled Gut, and Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang, also at the National Theatre.
Zach will have a chat about what it’s like to work in the creative industries and what he’s learned that he wishes he’d known at graduation, and will try to answer any questions about working in theatre.
Wed 10 DecStart time: 16:30
Research Seminar: Graham LeyLocation: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
The script is one of the most familiar components of theatre and performance, often a contested site, at times regarded with great suspicion, as if it were a conspiracy of some kind by a bunch of beard-stroking men with the word ‘literature’ on their t-shirts (‘Does Tim Etchells have a beard?’ ‘Well, sometimes he’s fashionably stubbly but not…’ ‘No t-shirt either?’ ‘Well, not with ‘literature’ written on it.’ ‘He’s OK then.’). I spend a lot of time with the ghosts of a bunch of beard-stroking men from Athens with music, dance, composition, theatre and performance on their t-shirts, and I have tried to help actors unlock the theatricality of the words that remain from that heady, emotive excitement.
In this presentation I shall offer a view of the spoken parts of the tragic script as a set of transactions largely conducted in public, and define what I mean by transactions. I shall also bring into view the importance of the presence of the chorus, which antedates the actors in the history of this kind of performance. I shall illustrate the approach simply in relation to two passages from Greek tragedies, which are available for inspection in advance on the intranet.
The approach is the basis of a book being published in December of this year, with an associated website featuring studio recordings (Peter Hulton on camera, Chris Mearing editing) of illustrative scenes by students of the department. I shall briefly indicate the structure of that book, and talk also about the aims and contents of the essays collected in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Performance, a volume also due to be published in December.
Tue 10 MarStart time:
King Henry at St Nicholas PrioryLocation: St Nicholas Priory - Postcode: EX4 3BL Show on Map
Details and timings to be confirmed
Scenes from Shakespeare's Henry VIII will be presented in the setting of a Tudor chamber. This remarkable space will be used to evoke memories of the great monastic Hall where Henry, with the assistance of his malicious Cardinal, argued that his marriage to a Spanish wife had never existed - a turning point in the history of the nation. These scenes will be presented by a group of MA students from the Drama Department at the University of Exeter. The presentation has been tailored for pupils at top primary and lower secondary level.