How and why are Shakespeare’s plays performed, filmed, read and taught from China to Chile, from Singapore to South Africa? What makes Shakespeare a “global” force? Shakespeare’s plays display the vast panoply of human desires and emotions: from passionate love to bewildering fear, from unswerving loyalty to basest envy, from the noblest instances of self-sacrifice to the desire to inflict unspeakable pain. His depictions of these emotions are often shocking in their vividness, yet always recognisable as fundamental facets of human experience. This course will look at Shakespeare’s afterlives in different parts of the world, and include hands-on workshops in which we will try out different possible ways of interpreting “global” plays like Antony and Cleopatra.
This module draws on London’s rich theatre and performance history, and the wide-ranging opportunities the city offers to engage with historical and contemporary theatre and performance. It explores how historical, social, cultural and architectural contexts produce meaning through theatre and performance. It introduces you to a range of ways of analysing plays and performances in relation to the conditions in which they were created. We will cover a range of historical periods and genres including, for example, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, eighteenth and nineteenth-century theatre, contemporary theatre, and performance beyond the literary play text (e.g. Live Art and performance art, club and pub performance, performance in galleries, sound walks). The module includes regular field trips to performances and other relevant locations.
may be dividing our country but next week ArtsOne schools are uniting for a
STUDENT STRESS BUSTER FAIR.
All students are welcome but particularly third years.
Tuesday 26 March 2019 – ArtsOne Foyer – 11am-2pm – Free, no booking required
School of Politics and International Relations, School of English and Drama and the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will be hosting an Arts One Student Stress Buster fair on Tuesday, 26th March from 11am-2pm in the foyer of Arts One.
Come and meet staff and get information on QMUL support services, mental and emotional health, careers counselling and well being activities.
Talk to staff about concerns you may have about exams or dissertations and give us your views and ideas on how QMUL can improve support for students.
Freebies include fruit/donuts/anti-stress balls and mini plants.
No need to
book, just pop by our information stand.
“The book aims to open up to a new generation of students, researchers and practitioners the techniques of my dear friend and teacher Augusto Boal. Boal, the legendary pioneer of the Theatre of the Oppressed movement, created over a prolific lifetime the revolutionary participatory techniques of Forum and Image Theatre. Through these activities, communities worldwide have been empowered to explore the issues they face through the language of radical participatory performance.
This book tracks my own thirty years on that life-changing journey,
through practical examples, conversations and hands-on ‘recipes’, distilling
what I have learned through practice, for the reader to use and in turn, to
adapt. Boal more than most contemporary practitioners has been
exhaustively theorized but the practical elements have been missing.
From the first discussions with my publishers – Bloomsbury – I have
sought to use practical examples to bring the underlying principles of the work
to life as vividly and honestly as possible.
I use my own stories and the adaptations of techniques I have co-created
with groups across three decades and five continents to do this. In the second
half of the book I invite the inspiring people I have been privileged to work
with to share back with me, always grounding our discussions (and
disagreements!) in lived experience.
I hope this book finds a place with you and fulfills its intention to do a service to the Theatre of the Oppressed and especially – if you are a teacher as I am – opens up to new theatre-makers the work of one of the greatest teachers I have ever known.”
‘A one woman, musical, comedy shit-storm about the first time your heart gets smashed into a million tiny pieces, and the songs that make you feel less alone with your crazy, crazy break-up feelings. Part stand-up, part music performance and part emotional unraveling, ‘Dumped’ is about surviving through song.’
‘This show unpacks the beautiful, pathetic and empowering break-up song genre, highlighting the good, bad and the most pitiful. The concept centres around tapping into the experience of rejection through the close dissection of break-up songs. I interweave music analysis and anecdotal material with live song covers accompanied by my badass electric ukulele.’
On 7 March, Young people from Wandsworth CLICK (Children in Care Council) designed, produced and performed the event ‘My Story, My Words’, based on their experiences of care and hosted by the Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi at the Department of Education UK.
The event was part of a four-day workshop programme led by The Verbatim Formula, a participatory research project for care-experienced young people.
It uses verbatim theatre techniques, listening and dialogue to work with young people, care leavers, social workers, and universities. The project is produced by Queen Mary University of London and People’s Palace Projects in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, Wandsworth Council and GLA, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
We are delighted to announce that 8 of our English and Drama teaching team have been shortlisted for QMSU Education Awards and lots more have been nominated for their positive contributions.
This year’s Education Awards will be held onMonday 25 March at Drapers Hall where the winners will be announced.
Academic Support Award
This award is for a lecturer, supervisor or tutor who has provided
you with excellent academic support. Staff from other eligible
departments also include, but are not limited to: CAPD, Careers and
Bridget Escolme – School of English and Drama
Assessment and Feedback Champion
This award is for a member of academic staff who sets the benchmark in assessment and feedback.
Nadia Atia – School of English and Drama
Bridget Escolme – School of English and Drama
Innovative Teaching Award
This award is for a lecturer, supervisor or tutor who has explored
new models of delivering teaching and has used new techniques to engage
you in your learning.
Bridget Escolme – School of English and Drama
Rehana Ahmed – School of English and Drama
Teacher of the Year
This award is for an outstanding all-round teacher who is
enthusiastic about their subject, shows commitment to getting the best
out of their students and whose teaching always leaves them wanting
Karina Lickorish-Quinn – School of English and Drama
Maria Grazia Turri – School of English and Drama
Postgraduate Teaching Champion
This award is for outstanding teaching or support from a postgraduate teaching assistant, demonstrator or advisor. This is not an award for those who teach postgraduates, but for those postgraduates who teach
Oliver Kent graduated from Queen Mary with a BA in French and Drama in 1995 and has since gone on to have over 20 years’ TV drama experience. On Tuesday 12 March, Oliver discussed his career with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey, Head of the Department of Drama. Oliver aims to demystify the television industry, to enhance people’s understanding of the range of work in it and how to navigate opportunities within it.
Here’s 5 amazing opportunities that you should apply for or book N-O-W including winning a trip to California’s Silicon Valley (pictured above).
1. Learn how to network Women Up: British Asian edition on 7 March
Not keen on networking or want to learn more about how to network well?
Join us to receive exclusive tips and advice
on the art of networking! You’ll meet and hear from accomplished
professionals from different industries who want to share their stories
and advice with you.
Please note, although this event is targeted at female British Asian QMUL students, it is open to all QMUL students.
2. Meet Oliver Kent and hear about heading up BBC Continuing Drama (Eastenders)
Oliver Kent, outgoing Head of BBC Drama at is in conversation with Oliver Kent, 12 March, Harold Pinter Studio, Arts 1, Mile End Campus, 6.30-8pm.
Oliver will demystify the television industry, explain what work you could do and how to navigate the different opportunities. Oliver will draw from his experience overseeing all five continuing drama shows for BBC Studio’s portfolio – EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and River City – after graduating from QM in French and Drama. Oliver will be interviewed by Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey, QMUL Head of Drama in this SED event, organised by the QMUL alumni team.
To hear him discussing his career and ask your questions about working in TV, the BBC and drama book here.
3. Go on a start up Tech bus tour of London of London’s hottest start ups
On Wednesday 20 March 2019, 300 students from 12 London universities will embark on a unique entrepreneurial journey…
the course of 12 hours, 8 iconic Routemaster buses will take students
to some of London’s top innovation hubs and workspaces to experience
London’s startup ecosystem first-hand and meet top entrepreneurial
We’re offering 20 students from Queen Mary University of London the opportunity to take part in this year’s Venturecrawl.
You would visit the following amazing startup spaces:
Bethnal Green Ventures– an early stage investor in ventures using technology to radically change people’s lives for the better
MakeShift – transforming
derelict areas and empty buildings into new communal spaces that offer
lasting opportunities to small businesses and local people.
Experience Haus – Dedicated to delivering affordable education and spaces for self-improvement.
Allia – Have run learning opportunities for hundreds of entrepreneurs, start-ups and ventures over the years.
Cockpit Arts – Award winning social enterprise & business incubator for craftspeople.
There will also be a series of entrepreneurs joining us on the tour across London to offer inspirational talks, advice and networking as we travel. Limited tickets available. Successful applicants will be informed by 13th March.
4. Write for Roman Road LDN
Roman Road Ldn looking for voluntary contributors for our online magazine Roman Road Ldn, to write food reviews for places in the local area. It’s a good opportunity for aspiring writers to get something in a magazine and bulk up their portfolios. Review contributions can be casual (once a month or every two months) or even a one-off. If people are interested, could they please email email@example.com.
5. Win a trip to Silicon Valley to use technology to make an impact on society with QEnterprise
‘On 17th – 21st June, QEnterprise is inviting two of the brightest students from Queen Mary University of London to the world’s biggest tech hub to explore what it’s like to enter and thrive in the global innovation economy.
To apply to the Immersion Program, you will need to be working on an
idea that uses technology to make an impact in society – your project
can take any form!
On 1 March local Rushanara Ali (pictured above) self-professed rebel MP gave some great advice to students at QMUL.
Her talk was about her work in making social change happen at The Young Foundation and answered student questions.
Experimental Poetry in Spain Now | Monday 4 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo | 6pm
A special event led by our Centre for Poetry to explore Spanish women’s radical thinking and writing, featuring Lola Nieto and Sara Torres, followed by a Q&A led by Omar Garcia.
A polyphonic poetry event, Nieto and Torres aim to activate the critical and performative power of ritual (as discussed by Nicole Brossard) whilst launching their books, Vozánica (2018) and Phantasmagoria (2019). Visual work by artist Marta Velasco will accompany the performance.
BA Drama Alumni Moa Johansson (pictured above at start of section) marks the end of her 6-month residency at Husk Creative Space, Moa Johansson presents ‘Sympoietic Temporalities’ – an installation on structure, configuration and ‘organisationally ajar’ architecture explored through the mediums of choreography, photography and moving image. The installation is a response to Moa Johansson’s on-going research concerning the ecology of contemporary living and its urgencies.
Kyle Roberts was a postdoc in the School of English and Drama (2009-11) on the project ‘Dissenting Academy Libraries and their Readers, 1720-1860’, funded by the AHRC Religion and Society Programme. Together with Rosemary Dixon and Dmitri Iourinski he created the Virtual Library System. He is now Associate Professor of Public History and New Media and Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago.
Queen Mary Postcolonial Seminar: David Austin: | Wednesday 6 March | QMUL, Laws 1.02 | 2pm
Writer David Austin will be talking on ‘The Poetics and Politics of Freedom: Linton Kwesi Johnson and the Unfinished Revolution’.
Hosted by the Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi at the Department of Education UK, young people from Wandsworth CLIC (Children in Care Council) will be designing, producing and performing the event, based on their experiences of care. The performance is part of The Verbatim Formula, a participatory research project for care-experienced young people. It uses verbatim theatre techniques, listening and dialogue to work with young people, care leavers, social workers, and universities.
Stratford East’s Youth Company presents ‘Chaos | Thursday 7 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo Film and Drama Studio | 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Company are bringing their new show CHAOS to Queen Mary as part of the National Theatre Connections programme on Thursday March 7th at 7.30pm in the Film and Drama Studio, Art Two Building, QM campus, Mile End Road, E1 4NS. Seats are VERY limited. Please email Mojisola on firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come along.
If you can’t make CHAOS on 7 March there is another chance to see a local youth theatre show on 27 March at 7pm in the Pinter Studio. This one is NEMESIS 2 and the youth theatre is part of A Team Arts – Tower Hamlets Youth Arts Services based at Brady Arts Centre. All are welcome!
Following the success of The Last of the London in November Nadia Valman (English) is collaborating with artist Karen Crosby once again for a walk along Brick Lane, using writings and archive projections to evoke the former residents of the street.
QMCRLE Seminar in Religion and Literature: Dr Ceri Law | Fri 20 March | QMUL, ArtsTwo 3.16 | 5pm
Dr Ceri Law will present a paper on ‘Sermons, Life-writing and Biographical Memory’.
Come join us to celebrate the recent publication of three monographs by three Victorianist scholars here at Queen Mary: Professor Catherine Maxwell’s Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (2017), awarded the 2018 ESSE Book Prize for Literatures in the English Language, Dr Matthew Ingleby’s Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Production of Bloomsbury: Novel Grounds (2018), and Dr Heather Tilley’s Blindness and Writing: From Wordsworth to Gissing (2017).See our events
News and Opportunities
Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger and Charlotta Salmi (English) win Educational Excellence Award for their work on our dissertation. Read more here.
Clarice Montero (Drama) and Maggie Inchley (Drama) are looking for your experiences of university for an Office for Students (UK Government) project. The testimonials will be performed anonymously to the government’s new Office for Students. Email email@example.com to take part.
The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019 is now open for submissions in February in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Life Writing. This year the stellar judging line up is: Louise Doughty (Fiction), Warsan Shire (Poetry) and Nikesh Shukla (Life Writing).
Barbara Taylor (English and History): delivered her inaugural lecture on Philosophical Solitude. Read more here
Queen Mary Theatre Company: Various members of the company have been part of ACT ii the largest ever inter-university theatrical collaboration in London in a festival of new plays. at Arcola Theatre.See our full press log If you have any news or events you’d like to promote please do let me know.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Richard Coulton, Dr Matthew Mauger and Dr Charlotta Salmi from School of English and Drama won a QMUL Educational Excellence Award for Transformation of the English Research Dissertation.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice Principal (Education) said:
“We were delighted by the enthusiasm and interest that our colleagues have shown towards the awards. The applications were thoughtful and gave us a tough task in shortlisting the candidates. The applications clearly showed us how committed our staff are to delivering our vision of an outstanding, inclusive world-class education at Queen Mary. I would like to personally congratulate everyone who took part and we are excited to take this forward next year.”
Discover more about our tutors on their staff profiles:
The National Student Survey
(NSS) is an annual national survey of final-year undergraduate students in the
UK. It gives you an opportunity to tell us what you have enjoyed about your
time at Queen Mary as well as about anything you feel could have been
The NSS launched here last
Monday, and you should have received an email from Ipsos MORI inviting you to
fill the in the survey online.
This year, we’re offering all students who complete the NSS the chance to claim a £5 Amazon voucher. Just forward the email you receive on completing the survey, along your name and student ID number, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you your £5 Amazon voucher within two weeks.
You can see some of the action
taken by the Library, Students’ Union and IT services, among others, in
response to previous student feedback, in the university’s ‘We listen’
Why should you take part?
NSS provides you with the opportunity to provide feedback on your whole
from the NSS will be used to improve the experience for future students just as
you have benefitted from previous students’ feedback.
survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online.
NSS is run by an independent market research company and all answers are
NSS is an opportunity to make your voice heard in a nationally recognised
are made publicly available to help prospective students make informed
decisions of where and what to study.
Students’ Union is supportive of the NSS.
can claim a £5 reward for taking part.
How do you complete it?
Ipsos MORI will email you with a link to complete the
survey. Later during the survey period, you may be contacted by SMS or phone.