Society for Theatre Research offers free online discussion

On Wednesday 20th October at 7.30-9.00pm BST, The Society for Theatre Research invites you to attend a free online discussion entitled “That Other British Asian Theatre: British East Asian and Southeast Asian Performance”, focusing on British East and Southeast Asian representation in theatre.

British East Asian and Southeast Asian theatre and performance are perhaps less well-known than theatre and performance created by British South Asian companies and artists. How are British East Asia and Southeast Asia represented by theatre-makers?  So, how has Asia been represented on the contemporary British stage? Increasingly more plays about Asians and on Asian themes have been produced at the National Theatre, the Arcola, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and more.  There are a wealth of stories, histories and voices that are yet to be explored and told. Join theatre artists Kumiko Mendl and Kwong Loke in conversation.

Kumiko Mendl trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. She is a founder-member of Yellow Earth Theatre Company (now New Earth Theatre), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020. Yellow Earth’s work includes Asian-themed work as well as new versions of European classics such as Miss Julie. Kumiko Mendl is Artistic Director of New Earth, whose work encompasses performance, community engagement and professional development for emerging actors.

Kwong Loke trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is an actor and director.  He was a founder-member of Yellow Earth Theatre Company and of Stone Crabs Theatre, focusing on intercultural performance. Kwong Loke has appeared in The Great Wave (National Theatre), and Pah-La (Royal Court).  He teaches acting and directing in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, as well as directing at drama conservatories.

To book your free ticket to this Zoom event, please find booking and further details here


Shakespeare’s work explored in triple online event PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY

Here’s one for the Shakespeare lovers and the more academically-minded amongst you.

Covering 3 plays over 3 days, in PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY:SHAKESPEARE, the London Shakespeare Centre (LSC) and the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) bring together doctoral and early career researchers to explore how some of Shakespeare’s best known plays have shifted and changed through their performance(s) in history.

CEMS and the LSC are two parts of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at King’s College London.

PERFORMANCE IN HISTORY is a series of conversations each focusing on a discussion centred around one key Shakespeare play, taking place over three evenings in June, and there are further details below:

Tragedy (Macbeth): 7 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

Comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream): 8 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

History (Richard III): 9 June 2021, 6pm – 7.30pm BST

The Format

Each event begins with a series of short presentations, where each panellist will introduce a single performance of the panel’s designated play-text. Thereafter, the panel will reflect upon some of the questions raised by these (and other) performances as the play moves across languages, places, and periods. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute memories and responses during the final part of the event.

The Panels

7 June: Macbeth

Chair: Dr Nora Williams (Essex)

Panel: Eli Cumings (Cambridge), Wendy Lennon (Shakespeare Institute), Dr Romola Nuttall (KCL)

8 June: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chair: Dr Koel Chatterjee (Trinity Laban)

Panel: Rowena Hawkins (KCL), Dr Elisabeth Lutteman (Uppsala), Jennifer Moss-Waghorn (Shakespeare Institute)

9 June: Richard III

Chair: Dr Sally Barnden (KCL)

Panel: Dr Hailey Bachrach (KCL), Rachel Chung (Edinburgh), Lucy Clarke (Oxford)

The series brings together doctoral and early career researchers working in fields of English Literature, Comparative Literature, History, and Performance Studies. However, all members of the Academy and the general public (including school students and parents) are encouraged to join us for this creative and informal series of conversations.

The series will take place via Zoom. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

If you have any questions or queries about any of the events, please contact either the LSC (shakespeare@kcl.ac.uk) or CEMS (cems@kcl.ac.uk).

Tickets are free. To book, visit the Eventbrite ticket page here


Barbican Culture Mile Creative Freelancer program on now until June

If you are a creative freelancer living or working in the Culture Mile area, here’s a chance to dialogue and connect with other local creative freelancers, network and refine your skills.

(If you’re further afield, don’t get discouraged – read on to the end!)

Culture Mile invites you to join them as they host a series of online workshops & spaces of exchange for freelancers working in the creative and cultural industries to develop their skills, creative practice and wellbeing in these unsteady times of pandemic.

COVID-19 has brought change, uncertainty and new ways of working for all sectors and we recognise this has significantly impacted freelancers in the creative industries. Questions need to be answered, such as what have we learned and where are we now?

Culture Mile invited freelancers, artists and facilitators to share their experience, knowledge and tools across the following sessions:

16 March          Funding in the current COVID landscape – led by Sarah Waldron

What’s changed in the arts funding landscape over the past year? Where can creatives go to look for funding, and what are some of the key things to include or avoid in your applications?  Freelance project developer & bid writer Sarah Waldron gives us her guide navigating fundraising in our current situation.

23 March         Beyond Zoom: digital platforms for creative activity – led by Paula  Varjack

What tools are available online to help artists and freelancers present and share their work? From hosting interactive live performances to collaborative discussion spaces, this session will give a quick overview to some of the useful platforms available.

30 March          Creative Process: translating to and creating for Digital-led by Jenn Ellis & Paula Varjack

How does an artist authentically move a live experience to virtual? How might a creative idea grow directly from digital material? Curator Jenn Ellis and performance, video & participatory artist Paula Varjack share their creative practice and artistic process, moving between digital and ‘real’ space.  

13 April             Conducting yourself as a creative business online– led by Kei Maye

From negotiating fees to personal branding: Kei Maye, a digital content creator, creative consultant and Founder of Social Enterprise Creative Champs will take you through a crash course with practical tips and guidance on how to conduct yourself as a creative business online.

27 April              Reflecting on Yourself as an Artist-led by Lizzie Reid

“With greater self-knowledge comes greater understanding”. Join freelance artist and facilitator Lizzie Reid in this explorative workshop utilising the tool of self-reflection.  Delve into understanding WHY you do what you do to develop your practise and produce more meaningful and authentic work.

11 May              Putting Reflection into Action – in partnership with and led by Guildhall Coaching Associates, part of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

How do you move from reflection to action?  Begin outlining the steps to make things happen and take away tools to help you continue on your way.      

25 May              Asking the Right Questions: Business Planning Tools: led by Wendy Foster, in partnership with City Business Library

Think through what your business might practically need to thrive, working your way through a business model canvas. Explore how you might adapt and support your work in these ever-changing times.

8 June                SME support within Culture Mile: How Can We Help? A session with Culture Mile, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, City Business Library, Barbican Centre, Museum of London, Corporation of London

A chance for introduction and exchange with the core partners of Culture Mile.

All sessions take place on Zoom between 9:30am – 11.00am, including networking from 10:45am.

Spaces are free but require booking in advance. You may book for individual sessions or all of the them. Please note that priority will be given to those living and working in the local area, with some tickets held for those from further afield.


Take a free, virtual tour around London’s endangered Theatreland with London Open House

If you, like me, have been missing visiting TheatreLand , then here’s a great chance to take a leisurely stroll around one of our favourite areas alongside a Blue Badge tour guide- all from the comfort of your favourite chair!

Culture at risk: Theatreland – a virtual tour with a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, happens this Saturday 25th September at 11.00am BST and is conducted via the Zoom platform.

I’ll “see” you there!

Click here to book onto the tour