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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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Wed 02 Dec

Start time: 13:30

Admission Free
University tickets SOLD OUT
No public tickets available
End Time: 15:30

How to Audition for Drama School Workshop - Jaq Bessell

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

(3rd year students only)

Participants should prepare (memorise) two short monologues, one Shakespeare, one contemporary.  Each should be under 2 mins long.  They should come dressed in workout clothes.

In the first part of the workshop Jaq will conduct a mock-audition with the students who have prepared their pieces.  This will include some coaching on the pieces themselves, and some specific feedback they can take away with them.  

In the second part of the workshop Jaq will give them a talk about drama school auditions generally, and GSA auditions specifically:  what they are all looking for, and how they assess those skills and qualities.  Jaq will also give them clear guidelines and strategies for choosing and preparing monologues for drama school auditions.  There will also be some discussion about audition protocol, including advice about headshots and CVs, what to wear, etc.  There should be time for questions and answers too. 

Jaq Bessell started out in casting at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, ages ago.  She has auditioned many hundreds of actors of every age and level of experience in both the US and UK, in just about every imaginable context, from large, open Equity and non-Equity “generals”, to intensive physical theatre workshop s to work with prepared “sides" for stage and screen.  More recently she has been auditioning candidates for both BA and MA programmes at GSA, where she runs the MA Acting programme.

Wed 06 Jan

Start time: 16:30

Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar: How to measure the delight of a dance: arts and health, policy and practice.

Presented by: Alex Coulter and Paul Dieppe
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

There is a long tradition of arts and culture enabling health and wellbeing. Yet as a society, the stories we tell ourselves about health are dominated by science and the allopathic healthcare system embodied by organisations like the NHS. Necessarily, this shapes both policy development and the values policy expresses. However, the scientific methods and narratives that underpin this biomedical model of healthcare – such as the randomised controlled trial - do not map easily onto the complexity of arts and culture practices. Common sentiment then suggests that while ‘science’ may have robust, empirical evaluation modes and methods these are not applicable to human-to-human interactions concerned with experience and feeling. To understand what is taking place we need to build bridges across this divide.

In this talk Alex and Paul will explore current best arts for health practice and policy development to think about ways beyond this dichotomy.

Alex Coulter has been Director of Art & Health South West (AHSW) since 2010. Before that she managed the Arts in Hospital project at Dorset County Hospital for 13 years and worked as a free-lance arts and health consultant in the acute and primary care sectors. As part of her role with AHSW she represents the region on the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute, Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art and for an MSc in Management Development at Bristol University.

Paul Dieppe is Emeritus Health and Wellbeing. His research interests stem from his dual professions as a physician and as a health services researcher. Key work includes research into chronic illness in an ageing population, creativity and healing. He qualified as a doctor in London in 1970. He specialised in rheumatology and became ARC professor of rheumatology in Bristol in 1987, and Dean of the Bristol Faculty of Medicine between 1994 and 1997. He then switched to health services research and was the Director of the MRC Health Services Research Collaboration between 1997 and 2007. He was honorary Professor of Health Sciences at The University of Oxford before moving to the Peninsula Medical School to work in clinical education research. With the formation of the University of Exeter Medical School, he took on the role of Professor of Health and Wellbeing.