Summer School 2019: Apply now for our ‘London Performance: Past and Present’ & ‘Global Shakespeare’ Courses

The QMUL Summer School offers you the opportunity to discover what it’s like to study at a top British university, while living in one of the coolest parts of London.


Global Shakespeare

22 July – 9 August 2019

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.

London Performance Past and Present

22 July – 9 August 2019

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.

STUDENT STRESS BUSTER FAIR – Tuesday 26 March 2019 in ArtsOne

Brexit 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.

Drama Graduate Emily Howarth presents her new show Dumped in 2019

We’re excited to share news about Emily Howarth who graduated from our BA Drama programme in 2016.

Her new show dumped has just dropped some dates for 2019:

About the show

‘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.’

Emily says:

‘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.’

Join our experts Shahidha Bari, Tiffany Watt Smith and Jen Harvie at #BBCFreeThinking Festival 2019

Join our experts Shahidha Bari, Tiffany Watt Smith and Jen Harvie for #BBCFreeThinking Festival 2019 with this year’s theme ‘Free thinking gets Emotional’ from 29 March with BBC Radio 3 in Gateshead.

Highlights include:

Queen Mary Theatre Company New Writers Festival This Weekend 1-3 February 2019

NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL

Queen Mary Theatre Company present six new shows, all written, directed and performed by our members. Comedy, thriller, politics, poetry, the end of the world…there’s something for everyone!

1-3 February from 7pm, Pinter Studio, Arts One

Tickets £6-9 per show.

Discounted bundles are available for multiple shows.

Highlights from the festival

BISCUITS

Friday 1st Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Alice Hope Wilson and Jaz Manville

What does happen in the teachers’ staff room? Over the course of one lunch hour, a group of teachers gather to discuss the impending closure of the staff room.

THE CABARET AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Friday 1st Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Rosalynn Whiteley and Eilis Price

Well, gang, we’ve fucked it. We’ve REALLY fucked it. We’re down to the last tin the cupboard, waters are running high and air running low, the bees are dead, the trees are dead… but The Show must go on.

​​NAJMA’S FALL

Saturday 2nd Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Tatenda Kirya and Olamatu Jabbie

FELL. PUSHED. JUMPED. All of these speculations speculations are thrown around when it comes to the incident at Najma’s party. She’s fallen off her balcony, and is placed in a psychiatric ward as everyone believes she’s jumped… Except for her. Even though she was intoxicated, she doesn’t accept this version of events and suspects that something else happened. Later, new evidence arises which suggests that she was pushed and those closest to her are prime suspects. The play explores the various relationships in her life and how she ended up in the situation she’s in. The play delves deeper into the destructive nature of the relationships and how they manifested into what they are today.

​HOLD ON ME

Saturday 2nd Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Joseph Winer

​Daisy-May is living with her grandparents. Polly and Bridget’s mum has been in bed for ages, and their dad’s fighting in a war. John and Mary have the perfect family, or so it would appear on the surface. Then there’s Greg and George, best friends who decide to have a baby together…but one of them is straight and engaged and the other…not so straight. As unconventional family setups spiral into chaos, we begin to test and question the real meaning of “family”.

​SHE & HER

Sunday 3rd Feb 7PM

Written and directed by Abi Adebayo

​She & Her follows three sisters and their two friends discussing issues around feminism, sexism and the experiences of women within society. The play manoeuvres around each characters backstories/narratives through a series of flashback scenes. It addresses not only feminism in its simple definition but how it differs from generation, race and situation/circumstance. This play is also unique due to a main key factor: everything rhymes.

LATE NIGHT LIVE

Sunday 3rd Feb 8.30PM

Written and directed by Peter Smart

​It’s the one-year anniversary of comedian Sandra Curr’s debut as the host of the nations fourth most popular talk show, Late Night Live, and everything seems to be conspiring to go wrong. Faced with the effects of the choice to leave her ex, Robin (potentially “the-one”), to join a show that one year later seems to be using her only as a facade of social progress; Sandra is forced to deal with the very real possibility that she traded away a happy domestic life for a gamble that just hasn’t paid off. With chauvinistic head writer Alistair putting more and more pressure on her to resign, Robin back in her life as a guest on the show following their surprise BAFTA win, and younger sister Chrissie in labour in with their first child. Everything is going wrong tonight for Sandra and the team behind Late Night Live. How will she move on from here? How will she even get through the night? How did it all go so wrong? Everything’s up in the air, tonight on Late Night Live.

Help our Alumni raise money to bring new show Alcatraz to New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless young people

A Right Mess of a Fundraiser

Date Friday 1 February

Time 8:00 pm

Ticket price £10

‘Forget dull, dreary February days…

Right Mess Theatre are here to bring you an evening of Cabaret splendour as they raise funds to bring their new show Alcatraz to New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless young people. You can find out more about New Horizon and the work they do here.

The line up includes Elf Lyons, Hannah Maxwell, Kayla MacQuarrie & Emily Howarth.

Alcatraz by Nathan Lucky Wood is a thrilling play about family and social care that follows Sandy on her daring, Christmas mission to emulate Clint Eastwood and bust her gran out of lock-up. It will premiere at the Vault Festival 2019.

Free careers events on being a Newspaper Journalist and on being at Press Officer

A Career Conversation… Life as a National Newspaper Journalist 

with Sarah Oliver, from the Mail on Sunday. http://www.saraholiverwriter.com/ 

Wednesday 30th January, lunchtime 1.15 – 2.15pm, LAWS Room 1.19

As a foreign news correspondent Sarah covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as stories across the world from Kosovo to Malawi. In more recent years she has focused on features, columns and celebrity interviews.  With Sarah we will explore what it takes to get started on a newspaper career, how a career can develop, the skills & experienced required to get a foot in the door, as well as perhaps exploring some of her most memorable career moments.  

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5595&service=Careers+Service

EXPLORING A CAREER AS A PRESS OFFICER…

7t February 6.15 – 7.45, Arts Two, 3.20

Interested in a career in Communications? Journalism? Publishing? Politics? Public Relations?  Have you considered how you could combine several of these interests by becoming a Press Officer… come and meet 3 QM alumni currently working as Press/Media officers, learn about the role, how it varies in different environments, how it will make full use of your writings skills and powers of persuasion and how to get started on this career path. 

Reserve your place here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=5621&service=Careers+Service

Our Guests:

  • Alainna Hadjigeorgiou,  Press Officer for the Orion Publishing Group, an award winning division of Hachette UK.  (BA English/Comp.Lit 2014)
  • Joshua Snape, Media Officer at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. (BA History & Politics 2013)
  • Tim Picton, Press Officer for the Labour Group of the London Assembly (BA English 2014)

What does a Press Officer do?

In Publishing “key responsibilities include liaising with the press, organising trade announcements and securing targeted and high profile media coverage for projects… this means working closely with authors, agents, journalists, freelancers and the wider publishing teams.” (Alainna)

However in Government/Politics it is more about news and the story: “At the heart of it, the job involves being able to judge what makes a good news story, how to write for a number of different audiences” (Josh) and “To succeed you need to be able to shape that story and ensure that it is either mitigated or used to the organisation’s advantage”. (Tim)

Guest Biographies:

  • Alainna has worked in publishing for four years, starting out as an intern for independent publisher Profile Books, before securing her first job in the publicity team at Quercus Books and moving across to Orion in April 2018. In 2017 she was long listed for the London Book Fair Trailblazer award. She studied English at Queen Mary and graduated in 2014.
  • Joshua graduated in 2013 with a BA in History & Politics and has 5 years of experience in public sector communications. Starting off working as a Communications Officer for the pharmacy regulator, he has spent the last 3 years as a government Press Officer at the Charity Commission and subsequently, the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Tim graduated from Queen Mary in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. He then continued studying the subject, gaining an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture from UCL two years later. Since, he has worked as a Labour Party campaign organiser, a Parliamentary Assistant to a London Labour MP and is currently a press officer for the Labour Group of the London Assembly, based at City Hall.

Listen to Show and Tell #3 Podcast

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London.

Join us for 2019’s edition: bit.ly/showandtell19

This episode features broadcaster Shahidha Bari, theatre artist Mojisola Adebayo, lecturer and writer Karina Likorish Quinn and theatre director Billy Barrett. Introduction by Jonathan Boffey.

It was recorded on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Host

Rupert Dannreuther

Rupert is responsible for marketing within Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama. He has worked for numerous organisations including Cineworld, Hackney Empire, The Yard Theatre and Rose Bruford College. In his spare time he runs To Do List a website about offbeat things to do in London: http://todolist.org.uk.

Show and Tell Panel

Shahidha Bari

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in the fields of literature, philosophy and art. Born in 1980, she was one of the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers (2011) and a winner of the Observer Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism (2015). She is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the LSE, and writes for the TLS, Guardian and Financial Times, amongst others. She features frequently on BBC Radio 4, and currently presents BBC Radio 3’s nightly Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking. She lives in London.

Mojisola Adebayo

Mojisola Adebayo BA, MA, PhD, FRSL, is a performed and published playwright, performer, producer, director, workshop facilitator and teacher. She has been making theatre internationally for over 25 years, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe.

Karina Lickorish Quinn

Karina is a Peruvian-British writer and a PhD student and teacher of creative writing here at Queen Mary. She has published short stories and translations in various journals and is working on her debut novel about ghosts, guano and two-headed cats.

Billy Barrett

Theatre-maker, Breach Theatre and MA Theatre and Performance student.

Coming up

Show and Tell is back for 2019 with a whole host of exciting new speakers.

See the line up and book a free ticket here: bit.ly/showandtell19


Free Public English and Drama Events Events in Winter/Spring 2019

Here’s a selection of English and Drama events coming up this semester at Queen Mary University of London.

English Postgraduate Research Seminar 2019

Queen Mary Theatre Company: New Writers Festival – 1-3 February 2019

Join our in house theatre company for a festival of new writing.

Show and Tell – Wednesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2019

Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London.

See the 2019 line up

Book free tickets online

Master’s Open Event – Wednesday 13 February 2019

Join us for an evening reception with drinks to find out about our English Master’s offering: MA English Literature. 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

English and Drama A-Level Revision Day – Wednesday 20 February 2019

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Inaugural Lecture – Professor Barbara Taylor – Philosophical Solitude – Tuesday 26 February 2019

Chaired by Professor Cora Kaplan

The philosopher mediating alone in his study is a cliché of western culture. But behind the hackneyed image lies a long history of controversy. Was solitude the ‘school of genius’, as Edward Gibbon claimed, or did it breed irrationalism, dogmatism and melancholy, as Dr Johnson and others insisted? In the 1730s David Hume suffered a breakdown which he attributed to his solitary philosophising; three decades later, in a much-publicised quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Hume attacked Rousseau’s reclusiveness as ‘savage’, ‘bestial’,the mark of an ‘arrant madman’. A life of lone thought was pathological: a judgement that still finds echoes in present-day concerns about social isolation and loneliness.

Book free tickets online

Get festive with our First Year Party, PGRS Literary Quiz and QMTC’s SLAPPIN’ DA BASS variety night this week

English First Year Party | Thursday 13 December 2018 | 4-6pm | ArtsOne Foyer

“You may well know this already, but this is just to let you know that there will be a Year One End of Term Party, Thursday 13th December 4-6pm, ArtsOne foyer. There will be nice nibbles, and good cheer, and it’ll be a chance to celebrate the conclusion of your first semester at Queen Mary.

Wishing you a happy week 12, and hope to see you on Thursday.” Rachael Gilmour, Head of English.

RSVP on Facebook

 

PGRS PhD Panel and Literary Quiz | Thursday 13 December | 5.15pm  | ArtsOne Lecture Theatre and SCR Bar

In a change to the usual format, we will be welcoming two current PhD students and members of last year’s PGRS committee to give papers on their research. We will then be heading over to the Senior Common Room Bar for a special Christmas quiz.

Our speakers are:

  • Di Beddow: The Cambridge of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
  • Danny Rhodes: Yeats’s Missing Ghosts: Hauntings and Materialisations in the Radium Age.

Harriet Baker, Will Burgess, Hannah Donovan, Charlotte McCallum, Charlie Pullen, Julie Tanner, Frith Taylor, Vincenzo Torromacco, Alice Wickenden

Watch this space for details or follow us on Twitter @QMEnglishPGRS

 

 

 

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS | Friday 15 December 2018 | 7pm | Pinter Studio, ArtsOne

‘Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

RSVP on Facebook

QMTC Events Coming Up in November/December 2018

Here’s all you need to know about Queen Mary Theatre Company’s events in November and December 2018 including a showcase for the underrepresented BAME community, variety nights and career enhancing workshops.

November

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS

Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would to perform, please send a message to the Slappin Da Bass Facebook page linked below. If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

16th November, Pinter Studio in ArtsOne, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/slappindabasss/

 

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

Get theatrically groovin’ in a workshop on how to use movement in performance!

This workshop will teach you the tips and tricks you need to incorporate a little bit of movement into your productions. How to use movement and music creatively, how to make up choreography, how to use movement to transition between two scenes, how to make fun of yourself when dancing on stage!

This workshop is part of our DA (Developing Artistry) Program, our new initiative to help our members develop creative and career skills  – use the link to our Facebook page below to find out more information.

21st November, RR3 in ArtsOne, 6.30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/885312468344099/

https://www.facebook.com/developingartistry/

 

 

BAME FESTIVAL

Reclaiming the voice of the underrepresented.

We are excited to present four original shows in the first festival of its kind at QMTC dedicated to uplifting BAME voices. Check our Facebook page or our website for information on shows and tickets.

23rd and 24th November, Pinter Studio in ArtsOne, 7pm

http://www.qmtc.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/QMTheatreCo/

 

December

 

WRITING WORKSHOP

4th December, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, 8pm

 

NEW WRITERS FESTIVAL PITCH NIGHT

12th December, ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, 7pm

 

PANTO FESTIVAL

8th and 9th December, Pinter Studio in ArtsOne, 7pm

 

SLAPPIN’ DA BASS

Our monthly variety night where you can perform anything you want!

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for a night of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, comedy, and any other talents! If you would to perform, please send a message to the Slappin Da Bass Facebook page linked below. If you would like to watch, all that is required is small donation (50p upwards) which will be given to charity.

15th December, Pinter Studio in ArtsOne, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/slappindabasss/

#SEDdigest: Careers Events, Networking Opportunities and Jobs – November 2018

There’s so many events to choose from to help with your future career. Get stuck in and let us know if you enjoyed it with the hashtag #SEDdigest!


Careers Events

Careers in Literature (Royal Society of Literature) | Wednesday 14 November | King’s College | Free

The event is FREE and open to Arts and Humanities students from University of London colleges and RSL Young Members.

To book: leah.cross@rsliterature.org or call 020 7845 4677

Get into Teaching | 12 November | 6pm | QMUL

Join the Department for Education (DfE) for an introduction to the teaching profession, an overview of what to expect in the role, and a chance for you to ask questions about your teacher training options. The DfE presentation will be followed by a forum of teacher training providers, giving you more opportunities to find your best route into teaching.

Google Skills: Writing for Social Media | 14 November | 6 – 8pm | QMUL

Social media skills are essential for so many marketing, publishing, pr & comms roles… this is a fantastic opportunity to increase your skills AND useful for the CV/applications!

Theatrecraft | Monday 19 November | Waldorf Hilton Hotel | Free

A great way to meet theatres and organisations and find out about careers in the theatre industry.

SED EVENING: What are We doing with our English degrees? 22nd November 6.15 – 8.00pm.  Arts One, 1.28. 

Booking now open:  come along to listen to & meet recent QM English graduates guests and discover what they are doing with their English degrees.   Drinks & Snacks will be served.

If you are still wondering what you will do with your English degree, come for an entertaining and interesting evening and discover opportunities in a range of possible careers.  If you already know you are interested in a career in one or more of the sectors covered, this is a fantastic opportunity to get some insider tips on how to successfully access these roles.

Our guests will all talk about what they do and there will be a chance to meet them in small groups and ask your questions directly to the guests.

Confirmed so far are:

  • Lucy Furneaux – Philanthropy & Events Co-ordinator, Crisis
  • Kate Turner – Media & Public Affairs Manager, FIA Foundation
  • Claudia Catelin – EU & Trade Analyst, Institute of Directors
  • Danniella Hart – English Teacher, Harris City Academy
  • Natalie Jaaskelainen – Project Manager, Dennis Publishing
  • Nilufa Yasmin – Graduate Trainee/Development Manager, QMUL

4 out of the 6 guests confirmed have also gained a Masters since graduating from QM, so we will also explore what they did & why.

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Womxn in Tech | 27 November | Roundhouse

Looking to build a career in tech? Hear from a panel of womxn making headway in the sector on building confidence in a male dominated industry.

Work in Publishing Week | 19-23 November | Online

Follow online and discover ways into the world of publishing with this campaign from…

Using Social Media to Campaign for Cause | Saturday 17 & 24 November | Roundhouse

Get to know how to use social media to spark a movement around something that matters to you.


Jobs, Work Experience and Internship Opportunities

Barclays Marketing Internships – 8 weeks in Summer 2019 – APPLY NOW:

Spend your summer helping Barclays promote its services and win new business. Working on diverse projects with this fast-paced team, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively and creatively across a range of marketing channels.

https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=40255&service=Careers+Service

QTaster – Deadline Friday 16 November

QTaster is a programme which allows you to learn about different careers by visiting a variety of graduate employers – experience different working environments, learn about sectors and roles, and network with employers.

6 sessions take place between 16th January and 20th March – this includes 4 visits and 2 training sessions.

Previous employers have included: ASOS, British Heart Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Investec, UBS, Springer Nature, FDM and Microsoft. The schedule for Semester B is currently being confirmed – follow Careers & Enterprise on social media for updates.

Applications are open until 10am Friday 16th November.

Reuters Journalism Training Programme – apply by 30 November for September 2019 start

Reutersthe news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest independent news provider, reaching more than one billion people every day.

Prerequisites: Clear commitment to a career in journalism; Drive to build sources, break news and deliver deeply reported stories; Strong interest in issues that affect companies, markets and economies; Ability to generate original, relevant story ideas; Ambition to deliver journalism with real impact; Fluency in written English; Fluency in a second language beneficial but not compulsory; An international outlook

Find far more info here: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42141&service=Careers+Service

SKY: Marketing Summer Internship

Support the Marketing team, helping to educate people about our products and services. Get stuck into various marketing projects in a dynamic, exciting environment. Impress us, and we could well offer you a full-time position once you graduate – starting summer 2020.

You will: Craft ad campaigns: Handle customer relationships; Deliver strategic insights; Promote TV shows; Plan, prioritise, research and juggle multiple projects

More info & applications: https://qmul.targetconnect.net/leap/jobs.html?id=42421&service=Careers+Service


Performance Platforms

HYG Nights | 30 November

Performer Callout!!

Our final show for the year will be a DELUXE edition, meaning
– More performers!
– Shorter fast-paced performances
– jam packed fun

If you would like to perform, please get in touch, or email hygnights@gmail.com


SED Networking Events

Queen Mary Writers: Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha | Tuesday 13 November 2018 | 18:30-20:30 | QMUL | Free

Queen Mary University of London and Wasafiri invite you to a reading and conversation with Nikesh Shukla and Bidisha. This is a chance to engage in lively discussion with some ground-breaking writers of the moment.

 

Salon: An Age of Schadenfreude | Thursday 15 November 2018 | 19:00—20:30 | Wellcome Collection, Euston | Free

Inspired by the ‘Schadenfreude’ book, this Salon will bring together artists and performers (and you) to offer a distinctive perspective on this most morally conflicted of emotions. Come along and join the conversation.

Featuring our very own…

Tiffany Watt Smith
Curator: Cultural historian Tiffany Watt Smith will curate the evening. She is author of ‘Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune’ (Wellcome Books, October 2018).

Lois Weaver
Artist: Lois Weaver is an artist, activist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

 

 

How to get free/super cheap theatre, literature and events tickets in London

Going to the theatre and arts in London doesn’t need to be expensive. This list may just save your life (well your social life anyway!).

Free/cheap ticket schemes for under 26 and students

Papering i.e. seat filling/free tickets

These secret clubs give you access to super cheap or free tickets but nearly always charge an admin fee. Watch out for admin fees as they vary.

3 Must-See Drama Alumni Shows: Chutney, Brainfart Cabaret & Je m’appelle diabetic

Chutney | 6 November-1 December 2018 | The Bunker, London

Written by our BA Drama alumnus Reece Connolly, his show Chutney is having a full run at off-West End venue The Bunker.

“The world’s shaking. I’m seeing the murder in everything. A cat crosses my path, I fantasise about throwing a grenade at it.”

Gregg and Claire are a power couple. Well-to-do and up-and-coming. They’ve got the house. The car. The careers. They’re living out their parents dreams in blissful suburbia.

They also have an insatiable desire to murder animals.

This mutually discovered urge threatens to gut their world to its very core.

CHUTNEY is a pitch black comedy about love, happiness, and unleashing the beast within. Watch the fur fly.

Brainfart Cabaret | Friday 9 November 2018 | Poplar Union, London

An alternative cabaret night hosted by our very own PhD Drama graduate Daniel Oliver celebrating neurodiversity, featuring performers whose minds work a little differently…

Line up

Daniel Oliver: The cabaret night will be hosted by Daniel Oliver, a performance artist who makes participatory performances that aim to embrace dyspraxia.

Mawaan Rizwan: Mawaan is an actor, writer and comedian. He’s written for the New York Times and his comedy videos on YouTube have amassed over 18 million views.

Vijay Patel: Vijay Patel will present Asperger’s Question Time. A space where you (the audience) will be able to ask him any questions you like, any questions on your mind, think everyday, not any questions about his Asperger’s. He will have some things in place for his access, such as a respite, some care in case he might leave.

IndoorGoblin: ‘A solo project performed on keyboard, IndoorGoblin hopes to present the imagination clouds through a mixture of musical creations, combining spoken word with story-singing, hypnotic piano loops and glittery glockenspiel melodies.’

Don Biswas :Award winning ‘left wing conspiracy theorist with dyspraxia!‘ Twice winner of the London Comedy Store Gong Show.

Khia Spencer: Khia is a dancer and artist who has been identified with dyspraxic mind and ADD…

Je m’appelle Diatabetic | Thursday 15th November | 6.30pm |  Rosetta Arts, London

Join Rosie Vincent a BA Drama Gradutate to celebrate her identity as a Type 1 Diabetic as she attempts to transform the mass of her medical waste from the past 2.5 years.

On 14th November millions of people will come together to raise awareness of living with Diabetes for World Diabetes Day.

Rosie Vincent has been a Type 1 Diabetic for over 14 years. Je m’appelle Diabetic combines ritual, object, and projection to present the challenges of living with diabetes as well as celebrating the resilience of Rosie’s diseased body.

This piece reconnects the medical waste that is produced by the condition with Rosie’s own body to honour it as the means to keep her alive despite its hostile appearance.

Book online:  https://rosettaarts.org/event/je-mappelle-diabetic/

Head of Drama Caoimhe McAvinchey in conversation with Lucy Perman (former CEO at Clean Break) on 30 October 2018

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.