Artist Callout: 10 Minute Ideas for ‘Theatre in the Dark’ Scratch Night

Deadline – Monday 8 January 2018

To mark the 20th anniversary of Battersea Arts Centre’s seminal Playing in the Dark season in 1998 and the launch of a new book Theatre in the Dark by Martin Welton and Adam Alston, BAC and Queen Mary University of London are presenting a Theatre in the Dark week in February 2018.

As part of this week of events there will be an ‘in the dark’ curated Scratch Night on Friday 9th February at 7.30pm.

We are currently looking for submissions of ideas for that Scratch Night. There will be 4 artists or companies selected to perform.

Scratch is about testing new ideas in front of an audience in order to get feedback, to see what works and what doesn’t. It is about taking risks in a supportive and positive atmosphere and learning through doing.

So we are looking for new ideas that need to be tested rather than pre-exiting work or polished pieces.

The Parameters
• The pieces should be no more than 10 minutes
• The Scratch Night will take place in the Council Chamber – more information on the space and the set up below.
• The Scratches should require limited tech.
• We will provide a blacked out space, a PA and a basic lighting rig.
• The artists chosen will have half an hour to have a technical rehearsal during the afternoon before the Scratch Night.
• It is an ‘in the dark’ Scratch Night so ideas should explore darkness or gloom although it doesn’t have to be dark from beginning to end.
• Selected artists/companies will be expected to think through the health and safety implications of their idea.

The Space
The Council Chamber is a room which is about 16 metres long and 10 metres wide with a high ceiling.

The space will be set up in a simple, 3-sided thrust formation with seats on the flat – no rake. There will be a decent-sized stage area – exact dimensions TBC.

There will be a fee of £500 for each artist/company asked to do a Scratch.

Application process
• Fill in an application form by visiting
• You can submit your ideas in writing and/or video
• Deadline: 10am Monday 8th January
• Applicants will be informed no later than Wednesday 11th January.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 13 December 2017

Here’s the last weekly events and opportunities digest for 2017.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our first edition next semester.


This week

Writers @QMUL: John D’Agata | Friday 15 December 2017 | 6pm

American writer John D’Agata is the author of About a Mountain (2011) and The Lifespan of a Fact (2012) and is editor of Graywolf Press’s three-volume New History of the Essay. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, and is Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where he is M.F. Carpenter Professor of Writing. D’Agata will read from his work and be in conversation with Patrick Flanery.

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs, Careers Events & Paid Internships

Career Conversation: Life as a London Barrister | 17th January 1-2 pm,  ArtsTwo. In conjunction with QMUL Bar Society.

Click on the link above for more info & to book your place. Andrew Simmonds is currently an MA student at QM but previously spent 35 years as a Barrister, he became a QC and later a deputy High Court Judge.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the realities of life as a barrister.  N.B. This discussion will not focus particularly on how to become a barrister.


Houses of Parliament Graduate Development Programme | Deadline: 7 January

For those of you interested in public service e.g. with the Civil Service, here is an alternative but fantastic opportunity: the Graduate Development Programme will appeal to those with an interest in politics, public policy, and the constitution, and the scheme will give you the experience and skills you need to develop into a future leader of the organisation.


Attention 3rd years/PostGrads/Alumni – Jobs/Grad Schemes etc

There are lots of interesting jobs available via our JobOnline site:  (login with normal QMplus details) & select all of the criteria down the left hand side relevant to your interests .  If you are going for individual entry level graduate jobs starting next summer, these are unlikely to be advertised until April onwards.  However there are still LOTS of graduate schemes available in general business, marketing, retail, consumer research etc.

Currently on JobOnline here is a handful of Grad schemes that are available:

  • Sky Commercial
  • BT Product Management
  • BT Client Service
  • Conde Nast Advertising Sales
  • TK Maxx Merchandising
  • Think Ahead: Graduate route into Mental Health Social Work
  • Marriott (hotels) Voyage Programme
  • BA Research and Analytics
  • National Grid Communications
  • London Stock Exchange Business Programme
  • Ipsos Mori Research

Attention 2nd years – Summer Internships etc

There are some interesting paid internships available now for Summer 2018 via our JobOnline site:  (login with normal QMplus details) .  Individual job opportunities will come up nearer to the summer, so keep an eye on the site.

Current examples include:

  • The Met Office looking for HR or Marketing Interns
  • Associated Press Global News
  • Research Consultancy with Wood Mackenzie
  • Sky Summer Placements in Marketing or Finance


Opportunities & Volunteering


No listings this week.


Calls for Papers/Contributions

Contributions wanted for PEACH

 🍑 The name of PEACH’s second collection of the academic year has been decided – Oscillations. 🍑
We are looking for creative work related to the theme of frenetic energy, uncontrollable emotion and a wild whirling of states. Please send all submissions to the email address below. To have your work published you must be a member, and have payed your £3 subscription. This can be done by following this link
Also a big thank you to the truly talented Julia Lou Moe, who drew the fantastic image you see on the poster below.
Do you dare disturb the universe? 🍑



The Society for Theatre Research invites submissions for the 2018 New Scholars Essay competition, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Society’s foundation.

The competition is open to postgraduate students, academics with an institutional affiliation, and independent scholars, but not undergraduates. Entrance is restricted to scholars who have had no more than one article previously published in a refereed journal. Entrants do not need to be members of the STR or to reside in the UK


English and Drama Newsletter – December 2017

Welcome to the festive edition of our English and Drama newsletter. The picture above is of our Drama graduates MEGANDALEX ahead of their show Bodies (broken 4 u) at Camden People’s Theatre in January.

Events in December


Offer Holder Day

English and Drama Offer Holder Day
Wednesday 13 December, 12:00-18:00, QMUL – Mile End

Our School of English and Drama Offer Holder Days include taster sessions and interviews for candidates selected for our Unconditional Offer Award.

Staging Atmospheres

Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December, all day, QMUL – Mile End

Conference organisers, Martin Welton and Penelope Woods, are keen to encourage dialogue amongst artists and academics across a range of disciplines beyond theatre and performance studies and internationally.

Selector Responder

Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives
Friday 8 December 2017 19.00 – 21.30
Knowledge Centre, The British Library

Ten quick-fire responses to sound collections from the British Library and beyond, curated by our very own Drama lecturer Ella Finer.

William Godwin

RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 7-11.45pm

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Poore will be presenting ‘Estranging Objects: Fetish – Artwork – Freud’, exploring the unconscious forces shaping our encounters with surrealist objects. ‘ at this DaDa inspired Royal Academy lates event.

Digitising William Godwin’s Manuscripts

Monday 11 December, 17:30-19:30, V&A Museum
For the first time, the sole surviving manuscripts of Political Justice and Caleb Williams, by the anarchist philosopher William Godwin (1756-1836), will be digitised and made freely available on the Shelley-Godwin Archive. Celebrate this collaborative project announced in April 2017 by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Negative Theatrics Event
Negative Theatrics: A Conversation with Writer and Director Julia Jarcho
Tuesday 12 December, 18:00-20:00, QMUL – Mile End
Join us for a reading and conversation with the Obie-award winning playwright and scholar Julia Jarcho – who will be in London for the UK-premiere of her play Grimly Handsome at the Royal Court Theatre.

John D'Agata Event
Writers @QMUL: John D’Agata reading & in conversation with Patrick Flanery

Friday 15 December, 18:00, Arts One Lecture Theatre , QMUL – Mile End
On 15 December at 6pm acclaimed essayist John D’Agata will be reading and in conversation with Patrick Flanery. D’Agata is the author of About a Mountain (2011) and The Lifespan of a Fact (2012) and is editor of Graywolf Press’s three-volume anthology series New History of the Essay.

Save the date for these events

  • Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar 2017-18: Peter de Bolla on Distributional Concept Analysis (Tuesday 12 December). More info
  • Raphael Samuel Memorial Lecture 2017:
    Peter Burke: Two Diasporas: the place of exiles in the history of knowledge (Wednesday 13 December). RSVP here
  • Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature Seminars (Wednesdays from 24 January) and Conference (Friday 6 July). Download the programme


Scents and Sensibility

Catherine Maxwell’s new book Scents and Sensibility: Perfumes in Victorian Literary Culture is out now and was featured in an article on perfume in The Guardian here.

Nadia Valman’s The Great Yiddish Parade is covered on the inspiring local blog Spitalfields Life.

The new Queen Mary Arts and Culture strategy was launched in November. Read all about the event here.


The Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition 2017

1. Our students Charlotte Stockton and Adna Ahmed are working on the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2017. As well as a £20k prize for the winner to bring their idea to life, the competition can improve skills and future employability, and offers free mentoring and workshops from business experts (and there is the chance for students to pitch their ideas Dragon Den’s style at City Hall).

2. The story of Joseph Merrick re-told in an immersive Whitechapel tour app with a script written by our very own Nadia Valman.

3. Discover the academic side of one of our favourite terms; Schadenfreude, in this article by our very own Shahidha Bari and why not listen to her round up of the Being Human Festival on BBC Radio 3 here.

4. Listen to the history of QMUL and The People’s Palace in this interesting podcast here. The original Mile End site hosted a vibrant calendar of social events and facilities, including swimming baths, concerts and a winter garden enclosed in glass.

#SEDdigest – Events and Opportunities Digest – Wednesday 6 December 2017

Here’s your weekly events and opportunities digest #10 for this month.

Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our last edition of 2017, which is coming out on Wednesday 13 December 2017.


This week

English PGR Seminar Series: Sara Crangle | Thursday 30 November 2017 | 5.15pm

The seminar is ‘The Agonies of Ambivalence: Anna Mendelssohn, la poétesse maudite’


MA Performance LAB | Friday 8 December 2017 | 6.30-8pm

QMUL MA Theatre & Performance candidates 2017/8 present their Performance Lab research.


Staging Atmospheres – Theatre and the Atmospheric Turn

A two-day conference and workshop, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December 2017, generously sponsored by the International Ambiances Network.


RA Lates: Rrose Sélavy’s Dada Extravaganza | Saturday 9 December 2017 | 7-11.45pm

Our very own Dr. Benjamin Poore will be presenting ‘Estranging Objects: Fetish – Artwork – Freud’, exploring the unconscious forces shaping our encounters with surrealist objects. ‘ at this DaDa inspired Royal Academy lates event.


PEACH: Recollections Launch: An Evening of Readings By Contributors | Monday 11 December | 6.30-8pm | ArtsOne LT, QMUL

It is finally here to have and to hold! Collect your free copy of Recollections, PEACH’s first collection of art, poetry and creative writing of the 2017-18 academic year. And attend a night of fantastic readings and tremendous art from the contributors who’s work has made it in to the collection. This event is free for all so come along, invite your friends.

Although attendance is free for everyone, as Recollections is a limited edition collection with only 150 unique copies available, we will soon be posting a link to where you can reserve your issue. To collect your issue you must attend the event, otherwise you forfeit your issue to another attendee. It is not necessary for you to have a PEACH membership, however priority will be given to those who do have a membership. You do not need to reserve an issue but chances are they are going to go quick.

For more SED events see our calendar here


Jobs, Careers & Paid Internships

General Manager, Poetry London | Deadline: 19 December 2017

Poetry London is recruiting a new General Manager.

Poetry London, founded in 1988, is a leading international poetry magazine published three times a year in Spring, Summer and Autumn, where new writers share pages with acclaimed contemporary poets.

The Position is part time, 3 days per week
Salary: £33 -35K per annum (pro rata)


Front of House General Assistant, Soho, Curzon Cinemas Ltd | Deadline: 8 December

Pay: London Living Wage, currently £9.75ph
Hours of work: 20-25 hours per week, fixed term until March 2018

We are looking for 2 upbeat and hardworking candidates with experience of working in a cinema or hospitality environment and a passion for customer service and film to join the team.

Opportunities & Volunteering

No listings this week. Please do get in touch if you hear of anything.


Calls for Papers

No listings this week. Please do get in touch if you hear of anything.


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