Ali Campbell launching his new book:
The Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today (Bloomsbury), which is an introduction to the work of his own teacher and mentor, the legendary Brazilian Director and founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed movement, Augusto Boal.
Seen here with one of Boal’s original Theatre Company Barbara Santos (holding Ali’s book). Ali in turn is holding her own which they are launching in parallel: Theatre of the Oppressed: Roots and Wings (Kuringa). The launch took the form of seminars and workshops in Rio de Janeiro at the headquarters of CTO Rio, Boal’s original company, alongside the devising of street theatre pieces and other interventions across the City protesting the draconian measures currently being proposed by the Bolsanaro Administration and impacting heavily on access to State funded Higher Education.
A similar event will happen as part of this year’s Season of Bangla Drama Festival, of which Ali is a co-Director with responsibility for CPD across the Festival’s 17 theatre companies and 6 venues, of which QMUL is one. The Festival begins on Friday 1st November.
As a Queen Mary student you can get membership to the University of London’s Senate House Library with it’s lovely comfy armchairs and 3 million books to borrow. Pre-register for your membership card here.
Meet BoB, your new best friend
Long before Netflix ruled your eyeballs, universities created Box of Broadcasts which is a huge free archive of TV recordings. Login with your QMUL credentials and you’ll get access to movies, TV series and documentaries galore. We’re loving the Films, Mostly Gay and London Films watchlist!
We take your well-being seriously
Opening up when you’re feeling low can be the hardest thing, but if you are struggling to cope with life events or need a space to talk openly, our Advice and Counselling team are here to help. They offer a range of free and confidential professional services to all QMUL students including individual counselling, group therapy, specialist drug and alcohol support and much more.
We also offer students access to an online support service called ‘Big White Wall‘ who offer unlimited, 24/7 accessible online support from trained counselors and use other helpful resources – it’s totally free and confidential. Please
Finding a job can seem like a daunting task, but don’t crumble under the pressure! Whether you have a particular job in mind and want advice to help you get there, or are not sure what you want to do next, the Careers & Enterprise Centre provides QMUL students a range of support to help you prepare for your future. You can even book a practice interview with a Careers Consultant.
As a QMUL student, you’re automatically entitled to be a member of Student Central (formerly University of London Union). Membership is free and enables you to get involved with everything they have to offer including sports, societies, online tickets and access into our bars. Find out more here.
Need a room for you and your friends to study? You can book one of our library group study rooms up to one week in advance for up to four hours per week. The Mile End group study rooms contain a touchscreen PC, connectivity for laptop use and a whiteboard. Whiteboard pens are available from the Library Welcome Desk.
You may have a big presentation coming up, or perhaps you’re unsure of how to start that 3000 word essay or you may have serious issues with managing your time effectively – spending way too much time looking at memes while procrastinating . Whatever it may be – if you feel like you need extra guidance to brush up on your study skills you can book a free one-to-one tutorial with our Learning Development team. You can even have your tutorial through Skype if you are unable to come to campus. Find out more about their services here.
Your QMUL library account gives you access to much more than just books. Along with laptops, stationary, videos and DVDs, you also get access to a number of paywall content providers such as The Financial Times. Find out more here.
9. The 339 bus is a local legend
As a QMUL student, you have the added advantage of being at the heart of East London – one of the most diverse and culturally rich areas in the world. Not only can you eat food from virtually anywhere in the world, but the public transport system means you can get around without needing a car – true Londoner style. Also, free Wi-Fi at underground stations – bonus!
10. SED Freebies
Finally, we want our students to have nice things. Come and say hi or tag us @qmulsed to receive some of our SED freebies. We have an awesome range of products including pens, notebooks, bags and postcards. Also, don’t forget to check out our Instagram and Twitter to see the #sedfreebooks we have available!
We’re not going anywhere this summer.
Join us for a London staycation full of sizzling summer events in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.
Join us for a FREE Noughts & Crosses (Malorie Blackman) panel event that asks questions like: ‘What wider questions does this production raise about drama and power? How is drama power for you?’. Join Esther Richardson (Director of Noughts & Crosses) and cast members, Drama academics and students from Queen Mary University of London to discuss and explore the powers of Drama. Book here
The panel includes: Heather Agyepong (Sephie, Noughts and Crosses), Esther Richardson (director, Noughts and Crosses), Gail Babb (QMUL and Goldsmiths lecturer and theatre producer, Talawa), Avaes Mohammed (poet, playwright, performer), Dee Ndlovu (QMUL Drama student and theatre maker).
Show and Tell at All Points East (28 May, Free Festival in Victoria Park, Mile End):
Join us for inspiring mini talks in the park at this free festival which has top street food, stalls and free activities.
Our line up talking about studying and working in the creative industries includes comedian Ahir Shah (BBC3, Live at the Apollo), writer Ayisha Malik, Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman and more pictured above. RSVP here
Open Days (21-22 June, QMUL)
Never been to our campus? Get a feel for the place and get tours and more information from our support departments. Book here
Is your English teacher always telling you to refer to literary and historical context but you’re unsure what this looks like in practice? Have you heard that there are theoretical and philosophical approaches to texts but aren’t confident using them yourself? Do you wish you knew more about the Gothic genre and how this could link to more contemporary genres, such as Science Fiction?
Three outstanding academics, from Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, are here to help.
An expert in the body and technology in contemporary culture, Zara Dinnen, a specialist in the Gothic across the nineteenth century, Sam Halliday, and an expert in Romanticism with interests in theory and philosophy, Shahidha Bari, will be unpicking issues around context, theory, genre and ‘Frankenstein’. They will share their expertise on context, theory and genre, to unpack how the text could have been received then and how readers receive it now. They will discuss different frameworks that can be used to interpret this seminal text, and demonstrate to you what it looks like to apply those frameworks in practice.
You will leave this event with a better sense of how to use literary and historical context to develop your analysis of this text; and you will leave knowing what it would be like to study English at Queen Mary, where diversity of ideas is at the heart of what we do.
It promises to be the type of lively and engaging discussion our School of English and Drama is known for!
Show and Tell at All Points East: In the Neighbourhood in Victoria Park
Tuesday 28 May 2019, 2.15-3.30pm
North Stage, All Points East, Victoria Park
Free and open to all
RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/290092538606956/
See more about the event here: https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/info/nbhd/show-and-tell/
Queen Mary University of London presents Show and Tell, a podcast recording of over 10 inspiring mini talks from current students and special guests on studying and working in the creative industries.
Discover the insider secrets to working in the arts, humanities and social sciences and hear young people with something to say from one of London’s most inclusive universities.
Show and Tell has been running for 2 years at Queen Mary with over 35 speakers from TV producers, award-winning writers, researchers and journalists inspiring over 300 people to enter these industries.
- Alain English: Scottish actor, writer, autism advocate and performance poet.
- Ayisha Malik: Ayisha Malik is author of this year’s CityReads London book, ‘Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged’ (often called ‘The Muslim Bridget Jones’), ‘The Other Half of Happiness’ and upcoming novel, ‘This Green and Pleasant Land’. She is also the ghost writer for Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain’s adult fiction.
- Ahir Shah: Ahir Shah (BBC Three, Live at the Apollo) is a stand-up comedian and writer based in London. He has been twice nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, in 2017 and 2018.
- Gabriel Krauze: QMUL English graduate and ‘estate-noir’ author Gabriel Krauze (Vice) has just signed with publisher 4th Estate publish his first novel ‘Who They Was’. Gabriel Krauze grew up in London in a Polish family and was drawn to a life of crime and gangs from an early age. Now in his thirties he has left that world behind and is recapturing his life through writing.
- Mile End Community Project: MCP will show their Chicken Film, which explores the fried chicken shop phenomenon in Tower Hamlets and provided insight into what fried Chicken means to different communities.
- Nadia Valman: Dr Nadia Valman is a literary historian at Queen Mary University of London who has led various public projects including on the history of Jewish people in the East End, The Royal London Hospital and Brick Lane.
- Natalie Coleman: Natalie Coleman was winner of MasterChef in 2013. Since winning MasterChef Natalie Coleman has worked with some of the UK’s best restaurants including Le Gavroche (Michel Roux Jr) and is currently the head chef at immersive dining concept in Waterloo, Hello Darling.
Plus: Five current students will give their creative manifestos for the future: Blanka Plocha, Aamir Ayyub, Simone Hazanavicius-Lovisone, David Mitchell and Saramarie Harvey.
About All Points East: In the Neighbourhood
Bank Holiday Monday 27 to Thursday 30 May 2019 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm daily
Four days of Free Entry and Free Activities in Victoria Park
Four days of FREE entry and a host of FREE activities across BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY and HALF TERM WEEK: Outdoor Cinema, Live Music, Creative Workshops, Street Food, Pop Up Bars, Panels & Talks, Sports & Wellbeing, Family Activities AND LOADS MORE FOR ALL THE FAMILY.
Full programme here: https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/info/nbhd/
Date: 1 June 2019, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
One in five state-educated UK children are exposed to a language other than English at home. This figure rises to 50% of state-educated children in areas such as London or Leicester. And yet there is no space in the National Curriculum for children to explore their multilingualism.
This free workshop, led by Karina Lickorish Quinn and Rahul Bery, will explore ways to bring multilingualism into the secondary MFL and English classroom as a resource that can enrich all students’ interaction with the learning of reading and writing. The session will furnish educators with practical, versatile activities and resources to use to encourage multilingual students to make creative use of their language skills and to get young people thinking about the importance of language.
Karina Lickorish Quinn is
a Peruvian-English writer, an English teacher at Townley Grammar School, and a
Teaching Associate in Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London. She
was previously a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of
Reading. Her work has been published by The White Review, The Offing, and Asymptote, and she is
currently working on her debut novel, represented by Emma Paterson at Aitken
Alexander. Karina has a particular interest in multilingual literature and in
diversifying the school curriculum, especially in the English
Rahul Bery is a translator from Spanish and Portuguese into English, as well as a qualified secondary teacher with experience teaching Modern Foreign Languages and English as an Additional Language in primary and secondary schools in London, Bristol and South Wales, where he is currently based. His translations of authors such as Álvaro Enrigue, Guadalupe Nettel and Daniel Galera have appeared in publications including Granta and The White Review. He is currently the British Library’s translator in residence.
Develop your skills to work in the creative and cultural industries with this series of free workshops at Queen Mary University of London. The creative skills project formerly known as DIY HIGH SCHOOL is back for 2019 as DIY LIFE SKILLS.
DIY LIFE SKILLS gives our Queen Mary University of London students and our community vital extra practical skills for working in the creative and cultural industries. These include making videos, photography, tax, CVs, public speaking, social media for work and WordPress/blogging.
DIY LIFE SKILLS is supported by Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. The workshops are free for our students and our local community.
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Monday 20 May 2019
11-3pm – Intermediate
3-6pm – Beginners
Take your poster out of word and create stunning visuals for social media headers and print posters.
#2: TAKE GREAT PIX: Digital Photography 101 – DSLR with Holly Revell
Wednesday 22 May 2019
2-5pm: Intermediate DSLR
A picture is said to be worth a 1000 words and this is more true than ever in the age of social media. Join us for an afternoon of photography with DSLR cameras for intermediates. The workshop will include a showcase of Holly Revell’s work and top tips for better performance photography.
#3: VLOG LIKE YOU MEAN IT: Video Production 101
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS
Work with professional videographers to plan, film and edit a short film in one day with pros from Signature Pictures. The intermediate workshop will look at more advanced editing techniques and film production.
Wednesday 22 May 2019
WordPress is a professional platform for creating websites and blogs, forget clunky paid for services like Wix and get familiar with customising your site.
Wednesday 29 May 2019 / 6-8pm
Social media = jobs & opportunities. Ignore it at your cost. This session will cover moving away from using social for well, ‘social’ purposes and look to how these channels can be used to network and make important career connections.
Wednesday 12 June 2019 / 4-6pm
Stand out from the crowd with a video CV or online portfolio.
Wednesday 5 June 2019 / 4-6pm
Perfect your key marketing document: work in small groups to improve your CV with the help of Caroline Lisser and her years of challenging students to tailor their CVs for success.
Monday 17 June 2019 / 6-8pm
Hate speaking in public? Build your confidence with this interactive workshop aiming to enhance your communication competence.
Tuesday 25-Wednesday 26 June 2019 / Various appointment times
Book a 1-2-1 appointment to get a bespoke plan for your needs.
Wednesday 3 July 2019 / 4-6pm
The most boring subjects imaginable live and in 3D. But seriously, tax can be complicated so come and get this guide for beginners to the world of work.
If you have any questions or need help booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BA (Hons) English and Drama student, Clarice Montero, tells us what it was like to join The Verbatim Formula:
On Wednesday the 27th of March I was part of a team of nine London-based drama practitioners and students armed with silent disco headphones, laminated sheets of paper, paper plates, colouring pens and some ipods who found themselves in an office conference room in Bristol with an audience of around thirty office workers.
The team represented The Verbatim Formula (TVF), a collaborative participatory arts project founded by Maggie Inchley (Queen Mary University’s Senior Lecturer in Performance) and Sylvan Baker (lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). Aiming to ‘make listening visible’, TVF specialises in sharing the stories of young people in (social) care and care leavers, including those in Higher Education.
TVF utilise the method of Headphone Verbatim in which to carry the life experiences and testimonies of young care-experienced people to a variety of audiences, most notably to the authorities that have the power to shape the care and education systems.
On this occasion, TVF were visiting the Office for Students (OfS), a newly formed body responsible for the regulation of Education across England. To put it simply, they are the Ofsted of Universities.
Headphone Verbatim requires a performer to listen to an audio recording of a testimony through headphones while saying what they hear out loud as accurately as possible. It’s a technique that requires focused attention but for those listening to the performer, the experience is very impactful; the performer becomes a vessel through which the idiosyncrasies of the original speaker add an authenticity to the speech.
The technique allows the voice of the care experienced to retain its potency and personality without their physical presence making them a fetish-ised object for the audience. When utilised in business and corporate contexts, this technique can serve to transform young people from numbers into people, hopefully reigniting the urgency and intensity of TVF’s ultimate aim; to improve the lives of the care-experienced.
The event took place during the office workers’ lunch break. In the space of one hour the TVF team introduced themselves by explaining what belonging means to them (an important theme from university related testimonies), encouraged the workers to reflect on their own experiences of belonging and not belonging (which they wrote down on paper plates) , explained the aims of TVF, performed over ten testimonies using Headphone Verbatim, and then allowed the office participants to join the facilitators in a Verbatim Chorus in which they too got to attempt Headphone Verbatim.
As a third year student it’s great to have been part of this process. Getting to be part of the testimony collection process and to perform with TVF’s amazing team has taught me so much. I’ve wanted to experience the powerful potential of participatory theatre since I started my degree but when I first informed Maggie that I was interested in getting involved with her project I didn’t imagine getting stuck in to something so deeply important so quickly. If this project has taught me anything it’s that: a) Great experiences are only a chat with your lecturer away and b) well intentioned projects like TVF really do have the power to affect change. The expressions of concentration and empathy on the faces of our audience proved just how powerful listening can be.
Stay updated with the Verbatim Formula at http://www.theverbatimformula.org.uk/
Our Drama staff are hitting The Sick of the Fringe festvial this weekend with their performance and conversations on topics around arts and health.
Read more about their appearances below…
Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver Dadders – 6 Apr
An interactive performance for 5 people at a time. Audience-participants are invited to join Daniel and Frauke in a series of awkwardly intimate and strange actions, rituals, dances, games, and other dysfunctional activities brought back in time from a post-neurodivergent revolution family fun-time future.
Daniel is dyspraxic and is too slow. Frauke has ADHD and is too quick. They are married and have kids. This interactive performance is rooted in their experiences of their bodies as neurodivergent lovers, parents, and weirdo performance makers. It is a space in which clunky experiences of bodies and actions can be discussed, explored and ultimately celebrated through ritualisation and play.
Frauke Requardt and Daniel Oliver The Rong Table –6 Apr
Frauke and Daniel invite audiences to explore these themes through conversation events that use Daniel’s ‘Rong Table‘ set-up. ‘Rong Tables’ are events for exploring and discussing the key themes of the performance. They are a development of Lois Weaver’s ‘Long Tables’, in which the audiences are invited to take part in a discussion by leaving their audience seats, and sitting at a large table. Daniel has been regularly using this format to discuss neurodiversity and art over the past three years. . Recently he has been experimenting with adding different elements and bending the rules in order to create a space that is more accessible, diverse and engaging for a broad range of neurodivergent audiences. This means the table is no longer the only place to talk, getting rid of the audience/participant divide, allowing for smaller, more discreet conversations to happen around the space, and for more ways of expressing thoughts to be offered.
For Dadderrs, the Rong Table is something modelled on a chaotic family dinner time rather than a more formal grown-up dinner party. Alongside den-building, and playing with dressing-up, there would also be the opportunity to make objects out of Lego – a prop used in Dadderrs – to explore and express ideas related to the themes of the performance.
Lois Weaver The Situation Room – 6 Apr
The Situation Room is a format for public discussion created by Lois Weaver that combines theatricality and informal conversation and encourages us to think about the interdependencies of anxiety and desire. It’s inspired by the War Room in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learnt To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb where a group of people sit around a circle of tables and hold a discussion that is moderated by a ‘President’ and monitored by ‘General’ who reminds us we are ‘running out of time.’
In The Situation Room, members of the audience will be invited to form a Council determined by loosely held affinities: a Council of Elders, an Intergenerational Council, a Council of Queers or Intersectional Feminists; a Council of Agnostics or A-politicals. They are invited to the table to share what is worrying them, from the personal to the geopolitical; to discuss, listen, and then reach a consensus on a single topic of conversation- the ‘Situation’, and finally to consider their desires, ambitions and fantasies as playful and creative solutions to the issue at hand.
Martin O’Brien – Who Cries Wins
This discussion event questions if there is an increase in artists identifying closely, and leading with, their own histories of trauma and/or painful autobiography. To what extent is this true, and if true, what may have instigated this?
As festivals, live platforms and opportunities begin to focus on the support of these current questions and seeking out artists’ trauma, we pose the question now: what is the tense line between raising visibility and exploitation. Additionally, another consideration: Is there such a thing as competitive trauma?
This is a public discussion hosted and facilitated by performance artist and scholar Martin O’Brien, with contributions from artists in the Care & Destruction programme.
Between the Lines is an exciting new writing project for stage and screen group for local young people.
We will be offering 5 FREE introductory workshops on Monday evenings on February 25th – March 25th 2019 from 6-8.30pm at Queen Mary, University of London on Mile End Road.
The workshops will be led by professional playwrights Mojisola Adebayo and Avaes Mohammad with Rokshana Khan and Canan Salih.
If you are interested in joining in the workshops or you want to find out more, just email Mojisola on email@example.com.
There are just 10 places available so email to book your free place today!
Please note: Priority for workshop places will go to young people who are not currently students at Queen Mary.
- winter wonderland style scene
- a highlight from your festive break
- books you’re looking forward to reading in 2019
- performances you’re looking forward to in 2019
Competition is open until 31 January 2019 at 17:00 GMT.
Photo above ‘Bushey Park’ by Matthew Mauger (photographer and Senior Lecturer in English and e-Strategy Manager at QMUL)
Lucy Perman, former Chief Executive of Clean Break and Caoimhe McAvinchey, Head of Drama, Queen Mary University of London
Lucy Perman MBE will be in conversation with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey discussing her role leading Clean Break over two decades.
Lucy was the Chief Executive of Clean Break from 1997 to 2018. In 2017 she won a Lifetime Achievement Award for work in criminal justice and she was also named in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 list. She has held a number of roles across the arts and cultural sector and received her MBE for services to drama in 2005. She is a trustee of the Almeida Theatre.
Caoimhe McAvinchey is Reader in Socially Engaged and Contemporary Theatre at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to this she established the MA Applied Drama: Theatre in Educational, Community and Social Contexts at Goldsmiths. Her publications include Theatre & Prison (2011), Performance and Community: Case Studies and Commentary (2013), Phakama: Making Participatory Theatre (2018) with Fabio Santos and Lucy Richardson, and Applied Theatre: Women and the Criminal Justice System (forthcoming, 2018).
Caoimhe is currently collaborating with Clean Break theatre company on a book about the company’s four decades of innovative and radical theatre practice with and about women affected by the criminal justice system.
November 2018 marks the sixth year of Queen Mary University of London Drama’s strategic partnership with Europe’s largest festival of Bengali culture.
Selected from November’s events across six Tower Hamlets venues, we cordially invite you to a programme curated by Ruksana Begum (Tower Hamlets Arts) and Ali Campbell (QMUL Drama).
In an international climate actively hostile to professional journalists, how are we to discern the truth in troubled times?
Tuesday 6th November. Pinter Studio. 7.30 (Doors open 7.00). Free.
This leading international charity invites you to a panel discussion with academics, activists and Rohingya community leaders, plus spoken word pieces and a short film about the genocide in Myanmar.
Wednesday 7th November. Pinter Studio. 7.30 PM. (Doors open 7.00).
A dark workplace comedy, set against the backdrop of an assassination agency. Office politics can be deadly!
Thursday 8; Friday 9; Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November. Pinter Studio. 7.30 PM. (Doors open 7.00). £10.00/£8.00. In English.