3 QMUL Drama Festivals: Plunge, IPP Festival & Peopling the Palaces

We have a smorgasbord of fresh new talent and experienced industry professionals coming up in these 3 festival in Spring-Summer 2018 at Queen Mary University of London.

Plunge Festival | 16-18 May 2018

As the graduating students of Queen Mary University of London prepare to depart campus and join the outside world. Plunge Festival is the final showing of work, featuring a rich variety of performance, installation, durational and site-specific projects.

See the full programme

 

IPP Festival | 19-20 May 2018

IPP festival of MA and MSc performances, taking place over this coming weekend (19-20 May 2018). The festival will conclude with drinks in the foyer outside FADS (Arts Two) after the last performance on the Sunday. It would be wonderful to see you there.

Link for booking: https://tinyurl.com/y9xlnegg

Please also note that Conall Borowski’s performance (Sunday, 4am in Lock Keepers) needs to be booked by email conall.borowski@virginmedia.com.

 

Peopling the Palaces Festival | 10-17 June 2018

We’ve got an incredible week of events lined up, including film screenings, discussions, interventions and performances.

The eclectic programme will showcase work from a range of academics, artists, current students and recent Queen Mary graduates.

#YouCantTouchDiss – Dissertation Selfie Competition – Win £50 Voucher

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DISSERTATION SELFIE COMPETITION

Share your dissertation hand in selfie with the hashtag #youcanttouchDISS (tag us!) for a chance to win £50 Amazon voucher and a badass certificate!

Competition closes: Friday 11 May 2018 at 5pm. 1 entry per person and you must use the hashtag & tag us on Twitter, Instagram or email us sed-web@qmul.ac.uk. 1 x winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.

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Tate Exchange: Producing Memory: Maps, Materials, Belongings – Full Programme

Join us for provocative discussions, displays, workshops and screenings exploring how memory is produced in relation to material, objects and places

Join artists and researchers from Queen Mary University of London as we think together about the role of objects in the production, conservation and recollection of our individual memories, and those of our communities. A particular focus will be migrant and refugee art, and the challenges of producing and conserving a home and identity in circumstances of displacement.

Explore questions such as what does the ‘making’ in placemaking actually involve? What is the role of sensuality in the making of memories? How can digital technologies of mass production coexist with artisanal modes of making, and what is their relation to the production of cultural heritage?

Drop in to explore installations and exhibitions which will be on display daily or join us for a series of events and activities over our five day residency at Tate Exchange.

Displays (open every day):

  • Recordings from the Xingu

Enter our oca and embark on a journey to the Ipatse Village, home of the Kuikuro indigenous people in the Xingu region of Brazil. See photographs and listen to ambisonic sound recordings of the community’s daily life and traditions, and watch a video fly-through of scan data from around the Ipatse village, produced by Factum Foundation. The display will include a Virtual Reality installation by Brazilian coder Clelio de Paula about his residency in the Xingu (Sunday only, from 1-5pm).

  • Alda Terracciano’s Zelige Door on Golborne Road

Drop in and experience this interactive, multisensory installation which explores various aspects of Moroccan heritage and culture, each requiring a different sense to be experienced. It uses Augmented Reality and technologies related to the senses, to construct a living museum of cultural memories that reflects both the challenges of gentrification, and communal visions of a utopian space within the city.

  • Globe: Here Be Dragons and Fertig

Globe, on display in Tate Exchange, is a copper sphere housing four cameras. Artist Janetka Platun rolled Globe through the streets of East London recording journeys and conversations with the public about home and migration, territory and boundaries. The footage inspired two films: Here Be Dragons (27 mins) and Fertig (6 mins), which will be screened on a loop in the space.

  • Ink drawings by Sophie Herxheimer

Explore a display of ink drawings by artist Sophie Herxheimer which document the experiences of refugees.

Screenings, discussion and workshops

Add your story to Alda Terracciano’s evolving work on London Memory Routes.

Explore the theme of belonging through conversation and activities with artist Janetka Platun.

Join artist Sophie Herxheimer for a story collecting workshop and celebrate the new issue of Wasafiri Magazine with an evening of live literature.

Focusing on the needs of young people, join us for discussions and workshops exploring how spaces for participation and creativity can be produced.

Drop in for a map-making workshop inspired by the maps created by refugees to navigate their environments.

Come along to a screening of this powerful documentary about young Afghan refugees in Greece who transform discarded lifeboats and lifejackets into bags.

Drop in for a day of events exploring the Kuikuro indigenous people’s project to record and preserve the cultural heritage of their village in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil.

Show and Tell @ QMUL

A new and exciting series of talks for school and college students hosted by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

Show and Tell brings together influential academic teaching staff and industry professionals to deliver engaging and accessible talks for young people interested in working in the arts and possibly studying humanities subjects at university. Queen Mary staff working in a range of disciplines will share their cutting-edge research in short, thought-provoking presentations, and they will be joined by alumni offering insights into the work they do now in jobs across the creative sector.

Much like a TED Talk, these events are designed to be as entertaining as they are informative: they will provide a unique experience for school and college students to learn about the research being produced in universities and the careers graduates pursue after their studies.

Over the course of one evening, students can expect to hear from four speakers working in university disciplines including English, Drama, History, and Geography, and from industries such as journalism, theatre, fashion, and museums and galleries. They will also have the chance to network and meet the speakers and their peers over refreshments at a reception where they can discuss the evening’s talks, ask more questions, and find out about the journeys that current and former students have made to university and the world of work.

Show and Tell is primarily aimed at students aged 16-18 who are currently studying at A Level or equivalent at schools, sixth forms, and colleges, but we would welcome GCSE students too. This is a widening participation project and we hope it will encourage students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education to think of applying to study arts and humanities degrees at Queen Mary and other Russell Group universities.  

We are keen to hear the views of teachers so that we can make this project as effective as it can possibly be. Please help us make Show and Tell a success by getting in touch and telling us what you think makes university outreach events work for you and your students. You can tell us what you think by completing our questionnaire here: https://goo.gl/forms/EkmXCKC5m9hN4kxS2

If you are student who would like to attend, or an alumnus who would like to speak at a Show and Tell event, please also contact us to find out more.

You can register your interest by emailing showandtell@qmul.ac.uk 

Call for Papers: Theatricality, Performance, and the State – 7-8 June 2018

Call for Papers: Theatricality, Performance, and the State – Queen Mary 7-8 June

“’The State must wither away.” Who says that? The State…’ He assumes a cunning, furtive expression, stands in front of the chair in which I am sitting – he is impersonating ‘the State’ – and says with a sly, sidelong glance at an imaginary interlocutor: ‘ I know I ought to wither away.’

Benjamin with Brecht, 22 June, 1938

“In order to work,” Samir Amin remarks, “capitalism requires the intervention of a collective authority representing capital as a whole. Therefore, the state cannot be separated from capitalism.” While seemingly self-evident, this insight sits at odds with a tendency in theatre and performance studies and in political theory towards what Mitchell Dean and Kaspar Villadsen, following Foucault, have diagnosed as ‘state-phobia’ (2016). In this framework, the state figures as an outmoded analytical category, to be replaced by neoliberal market forces and other de-centred analytics of power. Thus, theatre and performance – as well as the ‘creative economies’ more broadly – come to be evoked as either unwittingly complicit in the retraction of the state from governance and welfare (Bishop, 2012), or conversely held up as either instantiations of civil society (Jackson, 2011) or as an oppositional public sphere that has the potential to escape the state’s long arm (Balme, 2014).

 

While these interventions all offer useful insights into performance’s relationship to neoliberal governance models, the recurring oversight of the role of the state in its imbrication with both performance and discourses of theatricality runs the risk of eliding this relationship altogether. Yet, since Plato at least, the dangers and uses of theatre to real or idealised states has been a recurring feature in philosophical, governmental and political discourses. Moving beyond the focus on ‘anti-theatrical’ prejudice (Barish, 1981) which often informs the analysis of these discourses, what else might be uncovered through reflecting on the usefulness of theatre and performance for articulations of theories of statehood? Additionally, as posited by Amin, if the state cannot be separated from capitalism, what might be the value of discussing performance and theatre through (re)considering the state as central to the relationship between theatre and capitalism? Conversely, how might theories of performance and theatricality allow for a renewed understanding of the state’s position in globalized capitalism? Following on from this, how might reading the globalised economy alongside the ‘planetary extension of the state’ (Lefebvre, 1975) expand understandings of theatre’s political function across regional sites? How do states participate in the performance of the “world-configuring function,” (Balibar) of borders, especially considering the living legacies of colonialism and decolonization and the contemporary prevalence of geopolitical isolationism and border regimes? Can the state continue to be thought of a site of progressive struggle?

This conference aims to address an epistemological lacuna by bringing the modern state back to centre stage in thinking about and through theatre, theatricality and performance. We invite scholars to reflect on how the state limits, organizes, supports, and develops theatre and performance, but also on how theatricality and performance, as conceptual models, offer productive ways to think and understand the modern state and its apparatuses. We encourage a wide array of theoretical and empirical approaches to this subject and invite varied disciplinary modes including history and historiography, labour studies, geography, political economy, philosophy, literary and cultural theory and theatre and performance studies.

Suggested topics can include:

  • The state as censor / the state as defender of freedom of speech
  • The state’s active role in the development and regulation of theatre institutions and organizations
  • The state’s performance of itself (as military, as territory, as police, as justice, as ruler)
  • Theatre and sovereignty
  • Gendered, racialized, and other forms of state violence
  • Statelessness and its performances
  • The dialectic of nation and state
  • The performative desire for a state in histories of decolonization
  • States’ instrumentalisation of reproductive labour
  • Riots, strikes and other modes of collective organizing against the state’s legitimacy
  • The borders of the modern state
  • Absolutism’s legacies/ Absolutism’s others

 

Confirmed keynote speaker Dr. Tony Fisher, title TBC

Tony Fisher is Reader in Theatre and Philosophy, at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and its associate director of research. His monograph, Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editor (with Eve Katsouraki) of Performing Antagonism: Theatre, Performance and Radical Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) which examines the theory of agonism in relation to political performance. He is currently co-editing two further volumes, Theatre, Performance, Foucault! with Kélina Gotman (Kings) for Manchester University Press; and – also with Eve Katsouraki – Beyond Failure: New Essays on the Cultural History of Failure in Theatre and Performance for Routledge. Tony has published essays on theatre, politics, and philosophy in a number of journals, including Performance Philosophy Journal, Cultural Critique, Performance Research, and Continental Philosophy Review.

The convenors welcome proposals for traditional papers of 20 minutes in length, practice research demonstrations, panels and performances . Please email all abstracts (no more than 300 words in length), an additional few sentences of biographical information and details of the audio-visual technology you will need to make your presentation to Faisal Hamadah (f.hamadah@qmul.ac.uk) or Caoimhe Mader-Mcguinness (c.madermcguinness@kingston.ac.uk). The deadline for the submission of proposals is Monday 30th April 2018.

 

https://theatricalityperformanceandthestate.wordpress.com/

Graduate Edd Hobbs independent producer invites you to Farah Saleh’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’

We were delighted to hear from BA & MA Drama graduate Edd Hobbs about Brexit Means Brexit a show he’s producing.

Here’s what Edd had to say:

I have been working as an independent producer since completing my BA and MA with QMUL Department of Drama, and I’m currently producing PS/Y’s Hysteria programme (ps-y.org).

I’m writing to invite you to the premiere of a new dance commission by UK-based Palestinian choreographer Farah Saleh, investigating the collective mental health of UK residents after the EU Referendum. The project has been developed in collaboration with chartered psychologist Victoria Tischler, Professor of Arts & Health and Head of Dementia Care Centre, University of West London.

The performance is taking place on Friday 23 March 2018 – 7:30pm, at Siobhan Davies Studios.

Full information can be found here

Tickets are normally £5 but we offering a further 25% discount for QMUL students. Before completing check out in Eventbrite please click ‘Enter Promotional Code’ and type the code ‘student’.

We would be delighted to see you there!

All best wishes,

Edd Hobbs

RIFT Theatre’s Void – call for participants in audience research project

17 and 18 March 2018

  • ​​How can audiences contribute to the future of theatre?
  • How should new technologies be used to shape the way theatre appears and feels for audiences?

If you’re a theatre-goer who is interested in how audiences might play a part in the future development of the form, then we would like to invite you to participate in a project run jointly by Queen Mary University of London and RIFT theatre company. We are looking for 20 audience members to take part in a study of immersive theatre experience centred on RIFT’s VOID, a performance for a solo spectator commissioned for this year’s Vault festival.

 

What will it involve

We are looking for 20 audience members to participate in piece of immersive theatre for a solo spectator. You will receive a free ticket for the performance, and a £10 theatre voucher. In return we ask that you agree to some limited video and data recording of your experience, and a post-performance interview with a member of Queen Mary’s research team. Following the performance, you will also receive a copy of the recordings as a unique record of your experience.

If you would like to be involved, please email your name and contact details to: stagingatmospheres@gmail.com stating your preference for attending a performance on either 17th or 18th March. As the performance can only accommodate one spectator at a time, there are a variety of slots available between 18.00-20.00 on Saturday 17th March and between 18.00-21.15 on Sunday 18th March. If you have a particular preference, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please be aware that some of the performance includes accounts of consent issues and sexual trauma.

 

How long will it take

The performance lasts thirty minutes, and each interview will take no longer than twenty minutes.

 

Will my responses be confidential 

The interviews will contribute to a research project funded by the Arts an Humanities Research Council; this process has been scrutinised by QMUL’s ethics committee, and all details will be fully anonymised in any public or academic material. You will be free to withdraw if you wish to.

English and Drama in World Top 50 (QS World Subject Rankings)

It’s fantastic news for the School of English and Drama in the recently announced QS World University Rankings By Subject.

Here’s the lowdown from our Head of School Warren Boutcher.

As the wind rattles your windows and the snow threatens your footing, consider that no School in QM has as high an international reputation as English and Drama – not Law, not Linguistics, not Medicine.

That’s according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings. English has held its position at #32 (inside the top ten for the UK), and Drama – oh well done! – has gone up from #30 to #23 (for Performing Arts).

4 QMUL Staff and Alumni Artists to See at Steakhouse Festival 2018

We’re clearly biased but would love to see our students, staff and friends at Steakhouse Live 2018.

Steakhouse Festival of Live Art & Performance | 24 Feb | 3pm – 10pm @ Rich Mix + 25 Feb | Midday – 9pm @ Toynbee Studios

‘Ferocious feminism, dirty desire, queer culture and resistance: Steakhouse Live are pleased to announce the programme for their 2018 Festival, taking place at Rich Mix and Toynbee Studies on the 24th & 25th of February.

Steakhouse Live is one of the few DIY platforms for radical performance practices in the UK today. Back with a force, their 5th festival edition will feature 20 live performances from international and UK based artists with work that cuts across theatre, performance art, visual art, cabaret, dance and all that’s in between.

Performances include Queen Mary alumni Oozing Gloop, Edythe Woolley and current tutors Eirini Kartsaki and Daniel Oliver.’

 

1. Daniel Oliver / Chiperlatartaparty

Happening Now in the Future. Don’t eat the sausages.

2. Eirini Kartsaki / Ladder

Eirini will have sex with a ladder and give birth to plywood.

3. Oozing Gloop / The Gloopshow Episode 1

A 45 minute stream of consciousness: a love song and saga of a green gal, a scarlet lady and their boyfriend; the revolution.

 

4. Edythe Woolley / FISHY

This is a performance looking around plastic pollution in the ocean and the plastic pollution in our bodies.

See the full programme and book online here

3 Free Creative Careers Events & Opportunities

Here’s 3 awesome free careers events for your diary this Spring.

1. Meet the Creative Industries | Thu 22 Feb 2018 | 16.30 – 19.30 | Great Arch Hall, South Wing, Somerset House | FREE

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‘Inspirational talent and skills development space for young people to meet arts organisations and creative professionals.

Are you a young person interested in a career in the creative industries? Unsure of the different creative roles that you can apply for and keen to make more creative contacts? Eager to find out more about what it’s like to work for a creative organisation or interested in meeting other young people who are in a similar situation to you?

Join us to chat face to face with people working in the arts, gain first-hand experience of their own career development, learn about the different roles within arts organisations and seek advice for your own creative career. We will also be hosting an optional digital skills workshop during the drop-in.

“This is exactly what is needed for new people trying to get into the industry”

Creative Job Studio attendee

This event is for those aged 18-25.

Bring your CV or portfolio along if you wish (this is not a requirement).

This drop-in session will be followed by networking with industry professionals. Drinks and refreshments will be provided but all attendees will need to show ID if they wish to be served alcohol. Please do not expect to be served without ID.’

2. Routes in Alternative Careers Fair | Thu 8 March | 11am-4pm | Tate Modern | FREE

‘Aged 15–25, interested in a career in arts and culture, but not sure where to start? Come down to a careers fair with a difference. Find out about different roles and career pathways at Tate and discover what it’s like to work in the arts and cultural industries. Browse stalls run by Tate staff and arts industry insiders face to face, find out what their roles involve and how they got to where they are.
Joining us on the day will be 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, A New Direction, Creative Mentor Network, Ravensbourne, Royal Museums Greenwich, The Creative Society. Get a chance to also speak to staff from across Tate from a range of departments: Collection Care, Curatorial, Design Studio, Development, Digital, Enterprises, Tate Exchange, Learning, Photography, Visitor Experience and Volunteers.

Whilst your here, chill with friends, meet other young people interested in creative careers and enjoy music from BBZ DJs in a lounge installation. And to celebrate International Women’s Day, see a series of inspirational talks from women working in the creative industries put together by guest curator Nicole Crentsil.
Programmed by young people from Tate Collective London’

Routes in Alternative Careers Fair

 

3. ERIC Festival: Careers in the Arts | Sunday 25 March | 10am-5pm | The Lancaster & River Rooms, Somerset House | FREE

‘ERIC is holding a creative career festival on Sunday 25th March 2018 at Somerset House and it’s free for all of your students to come along to – perfect for any aspiring, creative students (particularly those interested in music, film, performing arts & visual arts). The festival is brought to you by ERIC, the Barbican & Somerset House

Find out how to get your foot in the creative industry door and kickstart your career in the arts by attending the latest ERIC Festival.

WHAT’S THERE

– Young successful creative speakers giving relevant and actionable career advice

– Immersive exhibitors showcasing hands-on tech, games, business tools and much more

– Interactive workshops to upskill attendees on digital/business/legal/finance knowledge, transferrable and useful to all jobs/industries

– One-on-one CV/portfolio/career advice

– Free stuff

– Food & drink

‘To see how many young people were here on a Sunday and who stayed for the whole day, is testament to how great the event was’ Bryony Mawdsley, Head of The h. Club Foundation (partner)

‘ERIC Festival was 5/5 – would do it again!’ Lisa Stallinger, student (attendee)

‘As an exhibitor, my team and I got to network and recruit new members for fresh and promising new ventures.’ Alim Kamera, Founder of Storie Storie (exhibitor)’

People’s Palace Projects – Spring 2018 Update

People’s Palace Projects has a number of UK events over the next few months and we would love for them to be featured in QMUL’s upcoming news and listings.

1) Women Against Violence

9th till 11th March – CICATRIZ (SCAR): Multimedia installation directed by internationally renowned Brazilian artist Bia Lessa as part of Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival.

14th March: Final seminar at Brazilian Embassy, Trafalgar Square, for a collaborative project between Geography (QMUL/KCL) and Drama (QMUL) on violence against women nd girls.

More on this project

2) Tate Exchange:

As part of a full week of Queen Mary activities, PPP will be presenting workshops and film screenings at Tate Modern on Sunday 6th May 2018.

More on this project

 

3) Creative Economy seminars

  • 30th April- 1st May: 9 May – Creative Economy seminars presented by Network (QMUL), People’s Palace Projects (QMUL) and British Council. More information will be available closer to the time but it would be good to get these events into the press diary so that we can prepare the appropriate publicity in good time.
  • The first day of the first event, on 30th April, will be held at Creative Wick in Hackney Wick and will be less formal. The other days will be more formal, academic seminars.

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Network Vouchers Application Pack

4) The Encounter (pictured above)

1st week of May – Complicite Theatre Company’s international smash hit ‘The Encounter’ returns to the Barbican.  Paul Heritage, who supported Simon McBurney’s research for the show in the Amazon region of Brazil, and a member of the Kuikuro community from the Upper Xingu region, will be involved with one or two post show discussions during the run.

More on this project

Research in the Amazon:

5) Contemporary Narratives Lab

  • This project, a collaboration between Paul Heritage and Joad Raymond (QMUL), the Financial Times and Battersea Arts Centre, is funded through the HSS Collaborations Fund.  It will be holding a week of scratches at BAC w/c 25th Late in the week there will be some public scratches. Date tbc, possibly Thursday 28th.

Attention Final Year Students – The National Student Survey is open for 2018

The National Student Survey (NSS) is now open to give your thoughts about studying with us.

Complete the survey

The NSS is an annual national survey of final-year undergraduate students.

It’s important for QMUL and the team in English and Drama as it gives us an opportunity to hear from you about what’s working and where we can improve.

Your feedback will help us make changes to improve the experience for future students.

You can complete the NSS now at:

www.thestudentsurvey.com

PLUS: We have a dedicated computer for you to complete the survey with a snacks trolley by our School Reception on 3rd floor of ArtsOne Building.

Thanks very much for taking the time to complete this important survey!

Best wishes,

Matt Rubery and Catherine Silverstone
Directors of Teaching and Learning

School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

Mojisola Adebayo Newsflash for Spring 2018

Mojisola has successfully completed her PhD entitled Afriquia Theatre: Creating Black Queer Ubuntu Through Performance supervised by Dr Catherine Silverstone with Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey of QMUL SED and is now a permanent lecturer in the department.

To read more about Afriquia Theatre see Mojisola’s chapter ‘Everything you Know About Queerness You Learned From Blackness: ‘Introducing the Afriquia Theatre of Black Dykes, Crips, Kids and all their Kin’ in the groundbreaking new anthology released this month: Sista! An Anthology of writing by and about Same Gender Loving Women of African / Caribbean descent with a UK Connection edited by Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Rikki Beadle-Blair and John R. Gordon, published by Team Angelica.

New project: Stars

Mojisola Adebayo has completed writing the first draft of her new play STARS with support from Arts Council England, idle women and QMUL. STARS is a new play and concept album for the stage performed by one actor with a live DJ and animation that tells the story of an old lady who travels into outer space… in search of her own orgasm. The play poetically explores the power and politics of pleasure for women, girls and intersex people. It questions why millions of people are unable to reach the heights of sexual pleasure as a result of sexual trauma, genital mutilation, traditional harmful practices and surgical interventions that continue to this day on every inhabited continent. STARS poetically and dramatically connects the theme of female pleasure with space travel. Here is a draft of the script. The show will be created in collaboration with a team of artists, produced and published in full in London, 2018-20. Watch this space! –

www.mojisolaadebayo.com

An extract of STARS appears in a new edited anthology

Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature, edited by Dostoyevsky Wannabe and edited by Isabel Waidner. Details

If you missed her talk on Afriquia Theatre at Quorum in January, you can hear her present and share extracts from her Afriquia plays at the following events:

  • Queer at Kings, University of London, 8 February Info
  • Queerying Space: Transnational Perspectives at Oxford University, 28 February Info
  • And if you are really keen, Mojisola is also speaking as a Visiting Artist at University of Wisconsin, Madison 21 February Info

 

 

 

QUIZ MANIA: Inter Humanities Quiz Night – Tuesday 6 February 2018

Tuesday 6 February | 18:30 | Draper’s Lounge, QMUL Mile End

Rachel our HSS faculty rep is delighted to announce that next Tuesday, February 6th will be the first inter-humanities quiz night! All HSS students are invited to compete to win the title of best school in the HSS faculty.

This event will be held in Drapers lounge at 18:30 and snacks will be provided.

This is a great chance to encourage HSS students to get to know each other, and it would be amazing for your school to win the first annual Inter-Humanities Quiz.

So don’t be shy, get quizzing and help English and Drama win BEST SCHOOL!