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A Workshop on Exploring Socially Engaged Arts Practice with Catrin Evans

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Sitting on the floor of the theatre space, before the five hour session begins in earnest, I have only a vague grasp on what a socially engaged arts practice is (less still about how to explore one). Catrin Evans, artistic director of A Moment’s Peace, subsequently guides this exploration generously; with lots of space for… Continue reading

Annual TS, FTV and CCPR Postgraduate Symposium

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This year’s TS, FTV & CCPR Postgraduate Symposium took place at the Gilmorehill Centre on Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th May 2015. The purpose of the annual interdisciplinary symposium is to provide an opportunity for PhD students to practice presenting their work, along with a great chance to network with those from other Subjects. This… Continue reading

‘Towards a Drama of Perception: On the Polyphony of Theatre’ – Heiner Goebbels at the University of Glasgow // 9 February 2015  

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The annual Cramb Lecture invites esteemed music theorists and practitioners to the University of Glasgow. This year’s speaker, who was invited thanks to the support of the Goethe Institut in Glasgow, stood out due to his cross-disciplinary appeal. As an innovator and visionary in the fields of both music and contemporary theatre, Heiner Goebbels drew… Continue reading

‘Scriptch Nights’ in the Performance Studio // Friday 30 January 2015

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Semester Two has seen our informal script workshop become a regular event. We meet most Fridays to share works-in-progress. Last month some of this work went on to be performed at The Tron Theatre’s Progressive Playwright event on 22 January. This week’s Scriptch night featured works-in-progress by Elspeth Sweatman (I Used to Believe in Forever) and… Continue reading

Progressive Playwright @ Tron Theatre // 22 January 2015

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Jeni Cumming and I had the opportunity to participate in the Progressive Playwright event at The Tron Theatre on January 22nd. To be selected, we each submitted 5-10 pages of scripts responding to the theme of “desire.” We were both really excited to participate and found the close work with the actors and directors very… Continue reading

GLEAM (GLasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival // 2014

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This October saw the launch of what will hopefully be the first annual GLEAM festival at the University of Glasgow. Taking the centenary of Scottish-Canadian filmmaker and pioneer of visual music, Norman McLaren, as a jumping off point, the festival presented two days of concerts, workshops, papers, installations and discussions around current electronic and audiovisual… Continue reading

Ron Athey in conversation // November 2014

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Staged to coincide with Glasgay! 2014, I recently chaired a public conversation with the internationally renowned performance artist Ron Athey. My research centres on the intersection of contemporary performance and queer theory, and I’m currently working on a monograph on the cultural politics of solo performance – so I was eager to take the opportunity… Continue reading