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Wed 15 MarStart time: 16:00
Careers Workshop: Writing for Theatre Criticism and Producing at the FringePresented by: Mark Fisher
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
This is a unique chance to meet a Guardian theatre critic and freelance feature writer. Mark Fisher is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide and How to Write About Theatre: a manual for critics, students and bloggers. An active member of the Scottish theatre scene, Mark has decades of experience in producing theatre, interviewing theatre-makers, analyzing and critiquing theatre and publishing.
During this informal Q&A, you will have the opportunity to learn about the dos and don’ts of producing your own theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe and/or how to develop your own writing practice into freelance theatre criticism.
Wed 22 MarStart time: 16:00
Queens of Syria: screening of the documentaryLocation: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)
This is a very special screening and Q&A session with performers from Queens of Syria.
In 2013 in Amman, Jordan, a group of young Syrian theatre practitioners started a theatre therapy workshop with a group of female Syrian refugees, none of whom had ever been to the theatre before. The result was Queens of Syria, an adaptation of Euripides’ The Trojan Women in which the Greek tragedy is infused by touching verbatim accounts from the women who participated in the workshop and the play. A documentary of the process by Yasmeen Fedda, a Syrian film-maker, also entitled Queens of Syria, follows the women behind the play, capturing the challenges they faced and achievements they made. We are very pleased to present a screening of this documentary followed by a conversation with two of the performers, Kefaia and Reem, who stayed in the UK after the play’s successful tour in 8 Cities and 10 theatre venues, including the Young Vic and the New London Theatre in the summer of 2016.
This event offers the opportunity to experience and better understand how theatre can be used as a tool of empowerment, a platform for political activism, and a therapy for those who went through the most difficult traumas.
This event is supported by the University of Exeter Annual Fund.