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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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Fri 22 Sep

Start time: 14:30


End Time: 21:30


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RAW Platform

Location: Pavilions Teignmouth - Postcode: TQ14 8BG Show on Map

Free tickets for new first year students.

6 new pieces of work by graduating Drama students, starting at 2.30pm in Teignmouth:

Opportunity of a Generation
Daddy and Me
Through the Cracks
Woolf
Glitter in the Wound
Coffee Shop of Horrors

Full details at www.rawplatform.com

Wed 11 Oct

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 19
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 18:00

Theatre Directing in a mid-sized playhouse

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

Followed by Happiness Ltd. @ The Bike Shed Theatre  - 7:30pm

Join us for an informal conversation with theatre director Jo Newman. Currently directing “Happiness Ltd”, a new play at Exeter’s The Bike Shed Theatre, as well as “Betrayal” in her role as Associate Director at Salisbury Playhouse, this talk will cover what it’s like beginning your career as a theatre director and working within a 500-seat producing Playhouse. Topics covered will be: what it’s like at the Playhouse, Jo’s career to date, her rehearsal room processes, projects she’s been involved with, the process of applying and being awarded a Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme (RTYDS) residency, setting up your own theatre company, etc. Jo is very happy to answer any questions you might have about theatre directing as a career and keen to chat to students about whatever feels useful to you.

Additionally we invite you to see Jo’s latest directorial outing after the talk. Tickets to “Happiness Ltd” at 7:30pm are available for free if you book in advance through Drama’s Employability Officer, Bryan Brown [B.Brown@exeter.ac.uk]

Jo Newman is Associate Director at Salisbury Playhouse. She was awarded a Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme 18-month residency at Salisbury Playhouse (15-16) and was previously Co-Artistic Director of Tin Box Theatre Company and part of the team managing PILOT Nights, Birmingham. With Tin Box, Jo was a theatre maker on the Birmingham REP’s Foundry Programme and the New Diorama Emerging Theatre Companies scheme (2013). Jo was also an Associate Director on We’re Here Because We’re Here (National Theatre, Jeremy Deller, 14-18 Now) and conducted verbatim interviews for My Country (National Theatre.

Wed 25 Oct

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 40
Tickets for public: 10
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar: Theatre Business and the State

Presented by: Dr Stephen Hetherington
Location: TS1 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Until the advent of the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1946, the arts in Britain were largely unsubsidised. Even now, across the theatre industry (the most subsidised area of the temporal, performing arts) only 14% of its £3.6 billion income comes from the public purse. Contrary to frequent media reports of financial distress, theatre as a whole remains robustly and consistently profitable. Furthermore, its history as a private not public concern has substantially formed its particular character and, thus, its international reputation. Research into theatre has tended to focus on aesthetics, performance and scripts, while tacitly assuming, erroneously as it will be argued, a close relationship between its artistic products and subsidy. Other than Hetherington’s report into The Interdependence of Public and Private Finance in British Theatre (2015), very little attention has been paid to actual operational business models. This talk will give an overview of these issues and question the roles and responsibilities of the state.

Fri 03 Nov

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Liberating Arts Festival

Location: RS2 (Roborough Studios, Prince of Wales Road)

A collaboration between: the GFTU (General Federation of Trade Unions) and the University of Exeter.

Location:  Roborough Studio, Prince of Wales Rd.,and the Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.

Tickets available at: http://www.gftu-liberatingarts.org.uk/

The Liberating Arts Festival is a 3-day event at the University of Exeter that will connect the trade union movement with cultural workers and creative activists, and explore and develop the role of arts and culture in the pursuit of equality and social justice.

The role of political art in workplace and community organising has a rich history, and the coordination of art and activist practice has contributed to the success of political campaigns. The Liberating Arts Festival responds to this history, and takes inspiration from the plethora of innovative arts practices that amplify marginalised voices and strengthen grassroots political activity around the world today.

The festival programme is jam-packed with talks, screenings, performances and academic panels, and there are headlining acts each night. Workshops will be run by artists taking a range of innovative approaches to political intervention, including Art not Oil, Brandalism, Cardboard Citizens, Queer Tours of London, Reel News, Salford Community Theatre, Terrorbull Games, Theatre Uncut, and more!

The event will act as a networking opportunity for artists and activists who share common goals but may be working in isolation from one another. Therefore, as well as providing space for broad debate and the showcasing of political art, delegates will also have the opportunity to share their current artistic/organisational needs, and to collaborate on plans for ongoing/future campaigns. Sessions are booked on an individual basis and it is first come first serve – so book soon!