This space of writing for live performance is a space of tensions and fissures and tectonic plates shifting across fields of time. Reach for the stars, but stay close to the dirt. This is the charge of making theatre. Weigh your words against the spectacle and tyranny of power.
Em, set in Liverpool in 1965, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman trying desperately to keep a baby that the authorities want to take away from her. Set against the backdrop of a city which is literally bursting into colour, Em is a harrowing, gritty, but ultimately uplifting tale of friendship, class and love. Performed by BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.
In the third (and positively final) performance/lecture in this cycle of work, Professor Gilli Bush-Bailey discusses theatre history from the inside, moving on from Marvin Carlson’s ‘ghosts’ with Joseph Roach’s ‘kinesthetic imagination’ to those interested in unpacking the archive, re-membering bodies in performance, then and now.
First year students of Central's Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course have been creating projects for The FUSE festival in Medway for the past seven years. This year, they have been commissioned to create an open-air family-friendly show as part of the Dickens Festival to be performed in the dry moat of Rochester Castle, and then as a roaming flash-mob performance on Rochester High Street, before taking it to local primary schools.
An identical, terrifying dream haunts Londoners in the midst of economic gloom and ineffective protest. Whilst the Prime Minister considers a preventive war, a young man returns home with a vision for the future. Performed by BA (Hons) Acting students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.
Loosely inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this immersive performance takes the form of multiple journeys around Westminster, Bloomsbury and Camden, culminating in a party at a shared location.
Over the course of two days, the second year MFA Scenography students will showcase the culmination of their current experimentations, ranging from interactive installations and models to live performances. Artists will be in attendance to discuss their practice.
This presentation brings attention to the gender codes that circulate within the unionized backstage crews that work in New York City’s commercial theatre industry, particularly the ways in which distinctions between “masculine” and “feminine” labour impact employee status and wages.
Using performance ethnography, Indian dance and music forms, structured improvisation and postmodern frameworks, Dr Srinivasan and carnatic vocalist Uthra Vijay expose the notion of racialised, gendered labour in relation to anti-Asian immigration policy, dance as an unrecognised form of labour, and rethinking subalternity through the bodily archive.
Produced by Central students in collaboration with the Little Angel Theatre, this nautical adventure combines puppetry, masks, and music to bring Lewis Carroll's imaginative world to life.