New Augusto Boal Book from our very own Ali Campbell Published Today: ‘The Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today’

Dr Ali Campbell introduces the new book:

I’m delighted to announce publication of my book: The Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today: An Introduction to the work and principles of Augusto Boal on 21st March.

“The book aims to open up to a new generation of students, researchers and practitioners the techniques of my dear friend and teacher Augusto Boal.  Boal, the legendary pioneer of the Theatre of the Oppressed movement, created over a prolific lifetime the revolutionary participatory techniques of Forum and Image Theatre. Through these activities, communities worldwide have been empowered to explore the issues they face through the language of radical participatory performance.

This book tracks my own thirty years on that life-changing journey, through practical examples, conversations and hands-on ‘recipes’, distilling what I have learned through practice, for the reader to use and in turn, to adapt.  Boal more than most contemporary practitioners has been exhaustively theorized but the practical elements have been missing.

From the first discussions with my publishers – Bloomsbury – I have sought to use practical examples to bring the underlying principles of the work to life as vividly and honestly as possible.

I use my own stories and the adaptations of techniques I have co-created with groups across three decades and five continents to do this. In the second half of the book I invite the inspiring people I have been privileged to work with to share back with me, always grounding our discussions (and disagreements!) in lived experience.

I hope this book finds a place with you and fulfills its intention to do a service to the Theatre of the Oppressed and especially – if you are a teacher as I am – opens up to new theatre-makers the work of one of the greatest teachers I have ever known.”

Ali Campbell on working with the local community (2014) from QMUL School of English and Drama on Vimeo.

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.’

Young people present their experiences of care to Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi MP and the Department for Education

On 7 March, Young people from Wandsworth CLICK (Children in Care Council) designed, produced and performed the event ‘My Story, My Words’, based on their experiences of care and hosted by the Minister for Children, Nadhim Zahawi at the Department of Education UK.

The event was part of a four-day workshop programme led by The Verbatim Formula, a participatory research project for care-experienced young people.

It uses verbatim theatre techniques, listening and dialogue to work with young people, care leavers, social workers, and universities. The project is produced by Queen Mary University of London and People’s Palace Projects in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, Wandsworth Council and GLA, with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For more info on the project go to theverbatimformula.org.uk.

8 English and Drama Staff Shortlisted for Education Awards

We are delighted to announce that 8 of our English and Drama teaching team have been shortlisted for QMSU Education Awards and lots more have been nominated for their positive contributions.

This year’s Education Awards will be held on Monday 25 March at Drapers Hall where the winners will be announced.

Academic Support Award

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor or tutor who has provided you with excellent academic support. Staff from other eligible departments also include, but are not limited to: CAPD, Careers and Thinking Writing.

Bridget Escolme – School of English and Drama
Assessment and Feedback Champion

This award is for a member of academic staff who sets the benchmark in assessment and feedback.

Nadia Atia – School of English and Drama
Bridget Escolme – School of English and Drama
Innovative Teaching Award

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor or tutor who has explored new models of delivering teaching and has used new techniques to engage you in your learning.

Bridget Escolme – School of English and Drama
Rehana Ahmed – School of English and Drama
Teacher of the Year

This award is for an outstanding all-round teacher who is enthusiastic about their subject, shows commitment to getting the best out of their students and whose teaching always leaves them wanting more.

Karina Lickorish-Quinn – School of English and Drama
Maria Grazia Turri – School of English and Drama
Postgraduate Teaching Champion

This award is for outstanding teaching or support from a postgraduate teaching assistant, demonstrator or advisor. This is not an award for those who teach postgraduates, but for those postgraduates who teach

Alessandro Simari – School of English and Drama
Mafruha Mohua – School of English and Drama
Ruby Hannah Tuke – School of English and Drama

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:

  • The Actors’ Guide to the Emotions hosted by our very own Shahidha Bari and featuring Jen Harvie on the panel on 31 March
  • Discover strange and forgotten emotions from the past with the Lost Emotions Machine from Queen Mary University of London’s ‘Living With Feeling’ project. Happening throughout the festival.
  • The Emotion of Now panel discussion including Tiffany Watt Smith talking about Schadenfreude on 30 March.
  • “Calm Down Dear” – How Angry Should Politics Get? debate chaired by Shahidha Bari on 30 March.

Richard Coulton, Matthew Mauger and Charlotta Salmi win Educational Excellence Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr Richard Coulton, Dr Matthew Mauger and Dr Charlotta Salmi from School of English and Drama won a QMUL Educational Excellence Award for Transformation of the English Research Dissertation.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice Principal (Education) said:

“We were delighted by the enthusiasm and interest that our colleagues have shown towards the awards. The applications were thoughtful and gave us a tough task in shortlisting the candidates. The applications clearly showed us how committed our staff are to delivering our vision of an outstanding, inclusive world-class education at Queen Mary. I would like to personally congratulate everyone who took part and we are excited to take this forward next year.”

Discover more about our tutors on their staff profiles:

3rd Years: Get £5 Amazon Voucher when you complete the National Student Survey

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual national survey of final-year undergraduate students in the UK. It gives you an opportunity to tell us what you have enjoyed about your time at Queen Mary as well as about anything you feel could have been improved. 

The NSS launched here last Monday, and you should have received an email from Ipsos MORI inviting you to fill the in the survey online.

This year, we’re offering all students who complete the NSS the chance to claim a £5 Amazon voucher. Just forward the email you receive on completing the survey, along your name and student ID number, to tell-us@qmul.ac.uk. We will send you your £5 Amazon voucher within two weeks. 

We encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say and influence positive change at Queen Mary. You can follow this link to Your Voice for information about what we are doing in SED: https://qmplus.qmul.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=10908&section=2

You can see some of the action taken by the Library, Students’ Union and IT services, among others, in response to previous student feedback, in the university’s ‘We listen’ statements: www.qmul.ac.uk/tell-us.

Why should you take part?

  • The NSS provides you with the opportunity to provide feedback on your whole learning experience.
  • Feedback from the NSS will be used to improve the experience for future students just as you have benefitted from previous students’ feedback.
  • The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online.
  • The NSS is run by an independent market research company and all answers are anonymous.
  • The NSS is an opportunity to make your voice heard in a nationally recognised format.
  • Results are made publicly available to help prospective students make informed decisions of where and what to study.
  • The Students’ Union is supportive of the NSS.
  • You can claim a £5 reward for taking part.

How do you complete it?

  • Ipsos MORI will email you with a link to complete the survey. Later during the survey period, you may be contacted by SMS or phone.
  • You can complete the NSS at any time online: www.thestudentsurvey.com

Thank you in advance for completing this important survey – we really value your input.

Best wishes

Warren Boutcher

Head of the School of English and Drama

Video: Watch English with Creative Writing Student Mahima Tyagi perform her poem: ‘An Ode to Single Fathers’

English with Creative Writing Student Mahima Tyagi would love to hear your views and opinions on this poem as she is hoping to make this into a collection. Leave a comment on Youtube here.

Movie over Marie Kondo, Markman Ellis is here to prove filing has been around since C18

Our very own Professor Markman Ellis’s essay, “Letters, Organization, and the Archive in Elizabeth Montagu’s Correspondence,” appears in a special issue of the Huntington Library Quarterly edited by Nicole Pohl: “‘The Commerce of Life’: Elizabeth Montagu (1718–1800).”

In an introductory blog post File Under Fascinating, Sara K. Austin, editor of the Huntington Library Quarterly introduces Ellis’s use of the correspondence of Elizabeth Montagu at The Huntington to reflect on how people have organized and saved papers over time.

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Filing tag made from printed visiting card of Mr Montagu Manchester Square, ephemera, MO 6922 (13), Elizabeth Robinson Montagu Papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo by Markman Ellis.

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.

New outreach project: BETWEEN THE LINES: Free writing workshops for local 16-25 year olds

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 m.adebayo@qmul.ac.uk.

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.

Shahidha Bari announced as chair of judging panel for Forward Prizes for Poetry

The jury for the 2019 Forward Prizes, the UK’s most widely coveted awards for new poetry, is announced today (21 Jan 2019).

Our very own Shahidha Bari, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking,will chair the judging panel. She is joined by Jamie Andrews, head of Cultural and Learning Programming at the British Library and the poets Tara Bergin, Andrew McMillan and Carol Rumens.

The Forward Prizes, whose winners have included Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Alice Oswald and Claudia Rankine, will be presented on Sunday 20 October 2019 at a public ceremony as part of Southbank Centre’s Poetry International festival. The awards are distinctive in honouring new voices alongside internationally established names, and in attracting youthful, diverse audiences. Last year Danez Smith, 29, became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Best Collection prize.

“As new audiences turn to poetry of all kinds, I’m thrilled to be chairing the Forward Prizes, which support talent and encourage brilliance,” says Shahidha Bari. “In uncertain times like ours, we search for the words that could capture who we are, how we feel and what we hope to become. Poetry matters more than ever, responding to our private lives and our shared futures. It can be daring and humane in an age of division and hostility.”

The awards – worth a total of £16,000 – are sponsored by Bookmark Content, the global content and communications agency, and are run by the Forward Arts Foundation. They comprise the Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000), the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000) and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000).

Andrew McMillan, one of the three poets on the 2019 jury says, “When my debut collection came out, the Forwards were incredibly supportive and have continued to be so since – to be shortlisted or highly commended feels like being welcomed into an extended family of poets. I’m thrilled to have the chance to be opening the doors wide, and letting more people in.”

The judges’ selection of shortlisted and highly commended poems will be published on 5 September 2019 in the annual Forward Book of Poetry.

Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry has been an A level English set text on the Edexcel exam board since 2014.

About the Forward Prizes

The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most widely coveted awards for new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. The annual ceremony brings poetry’s biggest names to London’s Southbank to perform alongside rising talent before diverse and enthusiastic audiences.  Notable alumni include Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes and Claudia Rankine, while Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Carol Ann Duffy and Daljit Nagra are among those boosted by early career Forward recognition. The prizes, run by the Forward Arts Foundation since 1992, are awarded at Southbank centre and sponsored by Bookmark Content. There are three categories: the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

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About Dr Shahidha Bari

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in the fields of literature, philosophy and art. Born in 1980, she studied at Cambridge and now teaches at the University of London. She reviews for the Financial Times, Guardian and Frieze among others and won the Observer Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism in 2015. She features frequently on BBC TV and radio and is a presenter of BBC Radio 3’s nightly Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking. She lives in London.

Professor Jerry Brotton in The Guardian: ‘At last, the Elizabeth v Mary catfight trope of history is being reassessed’

Our very own Professor Jerry Brotton writes in the Guardian today on the battle of who wins in history, and the importance of looking at historical women’s voices rather than just labeling them a winner, or loser.

The opinion piece is around Mary Queen of Scots in time for the film released this week.