Here’s our digest cinco of events and opportunities in and outside the School.
Please do get in touch if you have any listings for our next edition.
An exciting and unprecedented new MA Live Art will begin in September 2018*, convened by the Drama Department at Queen Mary University, London in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA).
MA Live Art is a specialised postgraduate course dedicated to the research, practice, and programming of Live Art and will be led by research leaders, industry professionals and leading artists. Graduates will gain theoretical and practical grounding in histories and practices of Live Art, while developing professional capacities and networks.
Please join us for an event to mark the launch of this MA. The evening will offer a flavour of the kinds of practices, ideas, approaches and issues the MA will engage with and is aimed at those who might consider applying to the course themselves as well as those who could encourage their students, colleagues and collaborators to do so.
The evening will feature a series of dialogues with Dominic Johnson (QMUL) and Lois Keidan (LADA) on the teaching and study of Live Art; Dickie Beau (artist and QMUL Artist Fellow) and Julia Bardsley (artist and QMUL lecturer) on practice as research and research as practice; and the artists Anne Bean and Ansuman Biswas on making, collaborating and surviving.
The week ahead
English PGR Seminar: Dr. Iman Sheeha (University of Warwick) | Thursday 1 March 2018 | 5pm | Lock-keeper’s Cottage, QMUL Mile End
‘The Lamentable And Trve Tragedie of M[aster] Arden of Feversham in Kent:’
When Masters Became Tragic Heroes
Dr. Iman Sheeha (University of Warwick)
What is Domestic Tragedy? Can tragedy be domestic? Can gentlemen and women, rather than kings and queens be tragic heroes?
Why does it matter?
The lecture is relevant for both English and Drama departments.
PGRS Blog: https://queenmaryenglish.wordpress.com
Inaugural Lecture: Professor Joad Raymond ‘News from the End of Europe’ | Thursday 1 March 2018 | 6.30pm | Skeel Lecture Theatre, QMUL Mile End Campus | Free
‘News from the End of Europe’
Between 1450 and 1750 Europe developed a complex system of news communication. This lecture explains the growth and nature of that culture of news, practical and imaginative responses to it, the geographical patterns of news exchange. I suggest how this news culture might be thought of as a network, and why that might be valuable to us in our fake news days. Finally I reflect upon the shape of that network, and what it might mean to be on the periphery of the early-modern European news network.
About Professor Joad Raymond, Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary University of London.
Joad Raymond was born and schooled in Cardiff, then studied at UEA and Magdalen College, Oxford before teaching at Oxford, Aberdeen, and UEA, moving to Queen Mary University of London in 2012. He is the author and editor of 13 books, mainly on the history of newspapers, political pamphleteering, Milton, and angels. He has just completed an edition of Milton’s Latin defences for OUP, and is writing a book on the history of news communication for Penguin.
Join English graduate Kayla MacQuarrie for her show Traumatised. She’ll tell lots of jokes about it though so stick with her and it’ll be ok. She’ll cover getting hate crimed, breaking down and growing up in Essex (the thing she’s still the most bitter about) all in a friendly, confessional style.
Come see the ex-weird kid turned obnoxious trans hedonist whose comedy has been described as “weirdly uplifting”.
This trans comedian is a fresh and friendly face in comedy with a hilarious take on everything from alcohol to why she’s like the 2011 Green Lantern film.
We’re tired of being cat-called so now we’re going to be whistle-blowers. We’re here to reclaim pussies, vixens, b*tches, cows, birds, and chicks. Everyone is invited to this event however only women can perform. This is our small attempt to level the playing field.
So hands off my kitty, Donald.
NO HARD FELINES is a female-led variety night in East London bringing creative women together to share performance in a safe space. For one night a month The Star by Hackney Downs are handing over their stage to female performers for a spectacular cabaret displaying the ridiculous, bizarre and downright mundane. Expect poetry, stand up comedy, music, puppetry and more.
This is a profit-shared event meaning all the money raised on the door will be split by the performers.
On 6 March, PEACH will be launching and handing out limited edition copies of the earth shattering and awesomely whirling Oscillations. To celebrate, we will be having a night of energetic readings from the people who have got their work published in the collection, and also displaying the tremendous art that graces the pages. It’s going to be uncontrollable. Come along to GO Jones Lecture Theatre at 18.30 and hear the ripest rhymes and tantalisingly juicy tales.
Jobs, Careers Events & Paid Internships
Current students and recent graduates can book a bespoke careers appointment to help with: finding jobs, making your applications better and even interview practice.
Opportunities, Calls for Participation & Volunteering
Invitation for women to take part in Mojisola Adebayo’s ‘The Interrogation of Sandra Bland’ | Deadline: 15 March
The Bush Theatre is looking for women of all ages and experiences to join writer Mojisola Adebayo and director Omar Elerian to work with a company of professional actors and take part in a performance of The Interrogation of Sandra Bland. Those taking part would be needed from 10am-10pm on either the 23, 24, or 25 Mar 2017.
In response to a call out from Artistic Directors of the Future, in Jan 2016 theatre-maker Mojisola Adebayo sat down at her desk and transcribed the dash-cam recording of the arrest of Sandra Bland on 10 July 2015. Bland was pulled over by Police Officer Brian Encinia for a failure to signal. As events escalated, she was forcefully arrested and taken into custody. She was found hanged in her cell in Waller County, Texas, on 13 July. Sandra Bland was a 28 year old black woman. She was due to start her new job the next day.
This transcript is the starting point for a short performance that will feature as part of Black Lives, Black Words 23-25 Mar 2017. The transcribed recording will be read by a chorus of female performers in multiple voices. Each night will feature a group of women on stage who will be joined by a different chorus to bring this piece of evidence of police brutality to life.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 Mar. Due to limited capacity for each day’s performance please specify your available dates (23-25 Mar) in order of preference along with a brief introduction to yourself.
Call out for U25s: Freshly Scratched at Battersea Arts Centre | Application deadline: 10am Mon 12 Mar 2018
Freshly Scratched is an open platform at Battersea Arts Centre for emerging artists to try out new ideas. It’s an opportunity to try out short ideas in front of an audience at an early stage of development, take a creative risk and receive feedback for your work from the audience. Freshly Scratched
Application deadline: 10am Mon 12 Mar 2018
Freshly Scratched is an open platform at Battersea Arts Centre for emerging artists to try out new ideas. It’s an opportunity to try out short ideas in front of an audience at an early stage of development, take a creative risk and receive feedback for your work from the audience.
Calls for papers
Of Survival and Struggle: Creative and Critical Responses to Structural and Long-term Violence in the Public Sphere | Deadline: 31 March 2018
A Colloquium hosted by the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London