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Mon 30 May

Start times are 17:00 and 18:30 

Tickets for students/staff: 16
Tickets for public: 17
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 17:40

Tickets for students/staff: 12
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:10

T3 Festival
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Author: Libby Waters and Sophia Trewick
Director: Sophia Trewick and Libby Waters
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
What happens after a crime? After the blood has been shed? Nothing much really. A real-dramatic-truthful-gritty-revolutionary-insightful-cutting-exposing performance of two crime scene cleaners, and their carpeted journey from cream, to bloodied, to cream again. Rubber gloves and generous laughter recommended.

Tue 31 May

Start time: 14:00
 

Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 15:00

Voice Acting: for Podcasts and Radio

Presented by: Samantha Baines
Location: ONLINE

Join us for this one-hour online session with acclaimed actor Samantha Baines, talking and answering questions about her work in podcasts and radio. Samantha will share her experience creating and hosting her double-award nominated podcast, The Divorce Social, what techniques are best suited to podcast and radio work, as well as general tip for how to survive and thrive in the business. There will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout.

Bio:
Samantha Baines is an award-winning comedian, actress, broadcaster, hearing aid wearer and author of Harriet Versus the Galaxy. She likes to keep busy and you may have seen her keeping busy in acting roles in Netflix's The Crown, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness or Magic Mike Live (directed by Channing Tatum). If you don't like watching things, you may have heard her keeping busy presenting on BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Kent, Virgin Radio, hosting Q and A's at the BFI or hosting her award nominated podcast The Divorce Social. https://www.samanthabaines.com/

Tue 31 May

Start times are 16:00 and 18:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 28
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 17:00

Tickets for students/staff: 27
Tickets for public: 18
Admission Free
End Time: 19:00

T3 Festival
Fools Are Everywhere

Director: Mioara Tarzioru
Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
Fools Are Everywhere is a short and hopefully enjoyable journey into the 'universe' of some of the worlds' famous jesters and fools of the past. This experimental production is based on eurythmy, a discipline that Michael Chekhov deemed essential for his approach to actor training.

Tue 31 May

Start time: 17:00
 

Tickets for in-person attendance: 31
Tickets for online attendance: 33
Admission Free
End Time: 18:30

Research Seminar - Parsi Embroidery: A Heritage of Humanity

Presented by: Dr. Shernaz Cama
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Postcode: EX4 4LA  Show on Map

Parsi Embroidery is an amalgamation of Persian, Chinese, Indian, and European techniques and symbols. Research on this intercultural art form, descended from ancient Central Asia, has been an exploration of its roots and routes. This presentation will study motifs, colours, and symbolism across geographical locations, diverse religious traditions, and periods of time. It draws upon the archival collection and research of Parzor, founded by UNESCO in 1999; Parzor's research from Iran, the Far East, the Western Diaspora, Pakistan, and India has been showcased in textile anthologies and encyclopedias of embroidery. It is hoped that a seminal book on this embroidery tradition will showcase a multicultural, global world from the days of the Silk Route till the 21st Century.

Dr. Shernaz Cama is Associate Professor at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, and director of the Parzor Foundation.

This talk is hosted by the Exeter South Asia Centre, and Department of Drama. All are welcome to attend in-person or online.

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Wed 01 Jun

Start time: 16:30
 

Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar: What Hope Utopian Drama?

Presented by: Dr Sian Adiseshiah
Location: ONLINE

In this period of slow violence - where the structure of feeling is of permanent, overwhelming crisis and defeat - it seems timely to identify the utopian potential of theatre, acknowledge past theatres of hope, and recognise contemporary utopian interventions on stage. The 'utopian play' (like the straightforwardly utopian novel) may be in abeyance, and the 'critical dystopia' (a concept coined by Lyman Tower Sargent and developed by Tom Moylan and Raffaella Baccolini) seems to have been the primary location of an exiled utopia since the 1970s/80s. However, there are contemporary plays and performances that can usefully be called utopian and utopias. Drawing on my forthcoming book, Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre (Bloomsbury 2022), this paper draws out some of the historical and theoretical contexts for utopian drama before reflecting on a couple of contemporary examples, considering their expressions of 'pessimistic' or 'critical hope', and noting their participation in a dialogic, conversational mode reminiscent of, but repurposing, Thomas More's Utopia.

Biography:
Dr Sian Adiseshiah is Reader in English and Drama at Loughborough University. She is author of Utopian Drama: In Search of a Genre which is forthcoming with Methuen Drama in 2022. She is also co-editor (with Jacqueline Bolton) of debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2020), co-editor (with Louise LePage) of Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now (Palgrave, 2016), co-editor (with Rupert Hildyard) of Twenty-First Century Fiction: What Happens Now (Palgrave, 2013) and author of Churchill's Socialism: Political Resistance in the Plays of Caryl Churchill (CSP, 2009). Her primary research interests are in contemporary theatre, utopian literature and theory, class studies, and cultural gerontology.

Wed 01 Jun

Start times are 17:00 and 18:30 

Tickets for students/staff: 13
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 17:20

Tickets for students/staff: 8
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:50

T3 Festival
The Storm at the Craft Store

Author: Jodie O'Connor
Director: Jodie O'Connor
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
It has been an eventful day for the staff of Crazy Crafts. Store manager Ashley has broken up with fellow employee Robin, and fired Charlie. Morgan is planning on going straight from work to the airport to go on holiday, and Sam is planning on going to her/his child's school play. Then an unexpectedly severe storm hits the town, forcing all the employees (and ex-employee) to stay at work and wait out the storm. Ashley and Robin were dating in secret, putting them in the awkward position of confronting their issues whilst hiding their relationship from the rest of the store. Charlie is humiliated at the prospect of staying in the store that has fired her, Morgan is upset about his/her cancelled flight and Sam wants more than anything to be able to make the school play. Just how much damage will the storm cause?

Fri 03 Jun

Start times are 17:30 and 19:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:10

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:40

T3 Festival
the way things are going right now

Author: George Hopkins
Director: George Hopkins
Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Postcode: EX4 4LA  Show on Map
'People meet only for a few moments in the back of a city cab. Talking, laughing and crying on their way to different destinations. A small, story of people trying to make lasting connections in a fast-moving world.'

Mon 06 Jun

Start time: 16:00
 

Tickets for students/staff: 37
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 17:30

Creating a self-sustaining artistic practice with playwright, poet and theatremaker Isley Lynn

Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Postcode: EX4 4LA  Show on Map

Join us for this late afternoon session with alumna Isley Lynn, who will offer numerous insights from her varied career as a playwright, poet and solo theatremaker. Isley will chart her major career pivot points, as well as highlight small things she didn't think meant much at the time but led to much bigger things. She'll focus on how her personal experience relates to the theatre ecology you as students will be graduating into, one that exists beyond the realm of being 'discovered' and responds to the more immediate and vital aspect of creating a self-sustaining artistic practice. Isley will provide you with transparent information about finances she's earned over the years for each gig, as well as how she earned supplementary income while still establishing income from her writing. Isley's career has been non-linear and varied, but always driven by her own artistic interests and autonomy, and she'll speak in detail about how you as future artists can create that for as well, and perhaps most importantly, maintain it.

This session will be organized in such a way that your interests and questions will be foregrounded and space will be made for your questions throughout.

Bio:
Isley is an American-born, London-based playwright and poet. She's currently under commission to The Donmar, to Vicky Graham Productions, and is writing a new musical with Emmy The Great and Tom Hughes. In October 2021, Isley's acclaimed play ALBATROSS was remounted at the Playground Theatre in London. She also recently wrote one of 15 monologues performed in the Jermyne Street Theatre's production 15 HEROINES. Another new work, REVOLUTIONS, is currently in development with support from Old Vic New Voices, the Michael Grandage Company and the Arcola Lab. https://theagency.co.uk/the-clients/isley-lynn/

Mon 06 Jun

Start times are 17:30 and 19:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:00

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:30

T3 Festival
A Certain Hunger

Co-Directors: Lara Buxton, Ella Milne
Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Postcode: EX4 4LA  Show on Map
One Women show taking you by storm, come enjoy a meal with the famous food critic who has a dark secret

Tue 07 Jun

Start time: 14:00
 

Tickets for public: 16
Admission Free
End Time: 16:00

T3 Festival
On a Patch of Ground - a movement workshop with Jane Mason

Presented by: Jane Mason
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map

We invite you to a workshop to explore the new green stage space in preparation outside the Roborough Studio, on Streatham Campus. Through a series of gentle choreographic invitations (that anyone can do), this is an opportunity to bring the body into deeper focus working with movement and stillness outside. Together we'll explore the physical relations of space, sensation and texture, to stimulate wider reflection on our relationship with the world around us. Come as you are, no previous experience necessary. 

Reserve a place using the button next to this text - staff and students should book as 'public' for this event. 

This performance is hosted by the Outside the Box project, and the Open Air Performance and Environment Network. It is supported by Arts & Culture, Exeter University. It accompanies the exhibition of work by Outside the Box in the Queen's Building Foyer.

Tue 07 Jun

Start times are 16:00 and 18:30 

Tickets for students/staff: 24
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 16:45

Tickets for students/staff: 27
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:15

T3 Festival
Anorak of Fire: The Life and Times of Gus Gascoigne

Author: Stephen Dinsdale
Director: George Dix
Location: TS3 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
Postcode: EX4 4LA  Show on Map
Have you ever strolled down to the train station, gazed upon the trains and thought: "wow, what a marvellous machine, I want to dedicate my live to spotting these luscious locomotives." No? Well you don't have to! Come and see the hilariously bizarre but strangely relatable Gus Gascoigne and learn about his exciting life story.

Wed 08 Jun

Start times are 17:00 and 18:30 

Tickets for students/staff: 22
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 17:30

Tickets for students/staff: 17
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:00

T3 Festival
Closet Diaries

Director: Yasmin Gooch and Ruby Plunkett
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
Closet Diaries is a piece devised and performed by two second year drama students that explores gender and sexuality as a young person trying to navigate identity in a heteronormative society. Trapped in a physical (and metaphorical) closet, our two queer protagonists narrate their experiences and struggle, the laughable and the tragic that all comes with growing up and recognising queerness.

Wed 08 Jun

Start time: 19:00
 

Tickets for students/staff: 11
Tickets for public: 17
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 20:30

T3 Festival
Grey Custard

Author: Libby Donegan and Libby Waters
Director: Libby Donegan and Libby Waters
Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
I like the taste of custard, everything feels great. Sometimes I think I know sunshine and it burns like lemon in a cut. Other times it seems like I am castrated by the sea. My mother sometimes tells me I still look green. Chewing the adolescent growing pains My muscles have lengthened, why am I still seeing red? Red is my father's eyes but it's always someone else's lies. Purple is meant to mean royalty but really I just think of death. Then I hear you laugh and all I can see is orange. Warmed from the inside out cold and sweating, I see pink. I'm sleeping, I'm making, I'm used. What do these colours mean to you?

Thu 09 Jun

Start times are 17:00 and 19:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 17:30

Tickets for students/staff: 29
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 19:30

T3 Festival
Is this the real life?

Author: Hongye Edison Chen & Guozhao Sun
Co-Directors: Hongye Edison Chen,Guozhao Sun
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
Have you ever had any weird dreams? Can they be a sign that something is wrong with our minds or bodies? As an international student who has been impacted by different ideas from the East and the West, I often lose sleep and have many weird dreams due to various anxieties. And this was the motivation for creating this work that shows the dream world. Some things that we ignore in real life will enter our dreams as a reflection of the subconscious but we always see the world after we open our eyes as the whole of reality. This play will explore the reasons for the absurd encounters in dreams and the search for self-identity by using multiple dreams of university students.

Thu 09 Jun

Start times are 18:00 and 19:45 

Tickets for students/staff: 19
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:55

Tickets for students/staff: 24
Tickets for public: 15
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 20:40

T3 Festival
Walk-In

Author: Jemima Unsworth
Director: Megan Turner and Jemima Unsworth
Location: RS3 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
A walk-in sexual health clinic waiting room: The wait time- one hour. Blair does not know where to go. Violet is waiting for a text. Imogen must make a decision. They all want to get out.

Fri 10 Jun

Start times are 16:00 and 18:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 21
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 17:00

Tickets for students/staff: 26
Tickets for public: 17
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:00

T3 Festival
When We See The Sun Again

Author: Rex Elliott, Dexter Harding, James Desmier, Will Johnson, Tristan Berry
Director: The writing team
Location: RS3 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
5 submariners 800ft deep. As conflict is brewing above and below the surface, the crew must navigate paranoia, surveillance and mounting pressure. Someone is always listening.

Fri 10 Jun

Start times are 17:00 and 19:30 

Tickets for students/staff: 28
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:00

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 18
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 20:30

T3 Festival
To Delphine, With Love.

Author: Zara Shaw
Director: Zara Shaw
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
A colossal storm rages on outside the creaky old doors of the Delphine Theatre. It's a beautiful old building, and to best friends Beth and Connie, it's the best thing this side of the river. As the world rages on, the Delphine is the same as it always was. Follow the friends on their adventure through the theatre, reminiscing on old productions past, and their antics as former dramatists in an age gone-by. This production is a love letter to the set designers, stage-hands, technicians, musicians, actors, ticket workers and half-time ice cream sellers. All the wonderful people in-between the walls and up in the front-of-house that make a fantastic night of theatre possible. To the people who dream, you ought to do it at the Delphine.

Mon 13 Jun

Start times are 14:30 and 19:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 16:00

Tickets for students/staff: 26
Tickets for public: 19
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 20:30

T3 Festival
Fanny's First Play

Author: George Bernard Shaw
Director: Josip Martincic
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
Fanny has written a play about a rebellious young woman who speaks in support of the suffrage movement and against the mistreatment of women by police. The heroine's disagreements with her father and the patriarchal world of London in 1911 mirrors her own. Fanny wants prominent theatre critics to give their opinion of the piece, without knowing she is the author. Come and see this abridged version of the rarely performed piece by the Nobel-winning George Bernard Shaw. See how much, if anything, has changed in the last 111 years.

Mon 13 Jun

Start times are 16:00 and 18:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 16:59

Tickets for students/staff: 29
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:59

T3 Festival
Goodbye and Goodbye Again

Director: Thomas Lewis
Location: RS3 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
When Rose is diagnosed with Leukemia at a young age she attempts to fight it with her friends by her side. However, not all of her friends take this battle with her as an argument before the diagnosis leaves her one short. We join her friends in hospital on a pivotal day as we come to learn about her battle and the journey which got them all there in this celebration of life.

Tue 14 Jun

Start times are 16:00 and 18:00 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 17:00

Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:00

T3 Festival
DNA

Author: Dennis Kelly
Director: Thomas Glover
Location: RS3 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map

A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that their cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where is the incentive to put things right.


This amateur production of DNA is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Wed 15 Jun

Start times are 18:00 and 19:30 

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 18:20

Tickets for students/staff: 27
Tickets for public: 20
Tickets: £1 each
End Time: 19:50

T3 Festival
Don't Watch This Play

Author: Jack Williams
Director: Jack Williams
Location: RS1 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)
Postcode: EX4 4SB  Show on Map
Don't watch this play. Really don't. Take my advice and steer clear of this whole deal, it's not worth it. Believe me it's better for all involved if you just move on. Actually, you can stop reading this right now. It's pointless reading a promotion for a play you're not going to see. Go watch something else if you know whats good for you. You know what, just pretend you never read this. Trust me it'll be better if you did. Right?