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- Asylum Monologues: On Monday 26 October, 8pm, we welcomed ice&fire theatre company to present their powerful performance work, Asylum Monologues. Read by actors and performers, Asylum Monologues is a piece of documentary theatre sharing first hand accounts of people’s experiences of seeking refuge in the UK and undergoing the UK asylum process. ice&fire are a theatre company dedicated to exploring human rights stories through performance, putting human rights at the core of everything they do to make accessible theatre for a wide range of audiences across the UK. This performance of Asylum Monologues was supported by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre and BiGS: Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality.
- GRiT (Graduate Research in Theatre) is our termly research seminar, featuring presentations by visiting scholars, faculty and graduate students. Our programme for 2020-21:
- Monday, 28 September, 4-5 pm, Sarah Grochala (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), The Politics of Form: Exploring the role different dramaturgies play in determining the political character of a play: Within the context of British theatre, plays are generally considered political if they address current social and political issues within the content of their narrative. Little attention is paid to the political character of the dramaturgical forms that shape the play’s content. As Rebellato notes, there is a ‘puritan attitude’ within British theatre that ‘thinks form a distracting nuisance’ and privileges plays that provide audiences with a series of ‘pungently instructional points’ (Contemporary Theatre Review, 18:4, p.530). This seminar will look at the importance of considering a play’s form when determining the political character of a play. It will explore the role that different dramaturgies play in shaping a play’s politics, arguing that dramatic structure can act as a prism though which to re-imagine the structures of everyday social reality. Sarah Grochala is Senior Lecturer, Writing for Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she leads the MA/MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media.
- “Practising rebellion: Laboratory Theatre as a model for a certain Post Graduate Actor/ Performer Training”: Based on generic QAA descriptors for a Masters level study, we might suggest that both rigour and revolution should be explicitly embedded in the pedagogic approach to Post Graduate Actor / Performer programmes. In fact any actor training might do if we are to go by Stanislavski, who said: “Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you!” Cited by Joshua Logan, in ‘Foreword’ to Moore S., The Stanislavski System (New York: Penguin Books, 1984). This talk will discuss what shifts a Laboratory-based approach to training at a UK Post Graduate actor training level might suggest. Ian Morgan is the Course Leader of RADA’s MA Theatre Lab programme.