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Arts Week 2014: Monday 19 May

The Condition of the Working Class

    When? 5pm – 7pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    In 1844, Engels wrote The Condition of the Working Class in England. What has changed since then? In eight weeks a group of working-class people from Salford and Manchester developed a performance in order to answer the question. Directors Deirdre O'Neill and Mike Wayne will lead a discussion following the film.

    Reserve your free ticket for The Condition of the Working Class here.

After the Battle: Soldiers' Homecomings in Poetry and Prose

Composing Performance

    When? 6pm – 9pm,
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square
    How do we shape performance? What potential dramaturgies might a compositional rather than a narrative approach open up?  This practical workshop is for theatremakers interested in how we montage performance material both for the performer and for an audience.  Suitable for actors, directors and theatremakers of all levels of experience. Peader Kirk is Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck as well as being an artist and director working in the fields of performance and sound art. His work has recently been shown at Southbank Centre, London, The National Theatre of Greece and Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.

    Reserve your free ticket for Composing Performance here.

Let us pray: Representations of Prayer in Word and Image, 1300-1900

Re-Rooming Virginia: Rewriting Woolf for the Twenty-first Century

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
    Artist Kabe Wilson’s Of One Woman or So takes all 37,971 words of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and rearranges them to produce a novel about a young English student inspired by the Black Rights movement of the 1960s. Here, in Woolf’s former residence, the artist will discuss his work and the challenges of rewriting Woolf for the twenty-first century.

    Reserve your free ticket for 'Re-Rooming Virginia' here.

Clouds: Objects, Metaphor, Phenomena

The Body in Performance