Tag Archives: Dramatic Writing

V-Day coming to UoG

28 Nov
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Logo text reads ‘VDAY until the violence stops’

The Creative Writing department are delighted to announce that we will be putting on a special dramatic writing event in February 2018 in collaboration with V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Our students will perform a collection of monologues called A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer, written by the likes of Maya Angelou, Edward Albee, Jane Fonda and other icons of literature, drama and political activism, as part of a global celebration of the 20th anniversary of V-Day and as a fund-raising event for a local charity operating in this field.

 
V-Day was founded in 1998 by Eve Ensler, the playwright, actor and activist behind The Vagina Monologues phenomenon, which The New York Times called ‘probably the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade’. Since then, V-Day events and campaigns have raised over £100m in over 200 countries in over 48 languages, benefiting 13,000 community anti-violence programs. 
 
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UoG Student Dramatic Writing Showcase at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

3 May

It’s certainly a busy time of year for Creative Writing students here at UoG; this week, not only are lecturers and students contributing to various events at the poetry festival (check out our blog post below), but our second year dramatic writing students are having their plays showcased at the renowned Everyman Theatre.  The pieces have been developed under the tutelage of lecturer Miranda Walker, in collaboration with industry professionals at the Everyman, as part of our 2nd year module, HM5103: Advanced Drama.  The cold readings will be performed by professional actors, and are open to tutors, fellow students and the public – though places are going fast, so you’ll need to book a seat soon!  The performances are on Thursday May 4th from 2.30-4.30 p.m., and Friday May 5th from 3-5 p.m. in the Everyman’s Studio space.  Anybody interested in grabbing a seat, please email Miranda asap at mwalker7@glos.ac.uk.

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Shadows: New Writing VI Submission Call

3 Mar

That’s right, folks: the 2017 UoG Creative Writing anthology is now open for submissions.  This year the title and theme is ‘shadows’, in all its various guises.  And get this: for the first time it’s open to Creative Writing single honours students, CW joint students, and also English Literature and Language students.  Our MA student editors have come up with their guidelines, and here’s what they’re looking for:

The Editors of Shadows are looking for high quality prose, poetry, drama, or artwork submissions for UoG’s sixth Creative Writing Anthology. This year, we’re interested in writing of all types and genres, and particularly pieces that engage, loosely or directly, with the theme ‘shadows’. This can be interpreted however the author likes, including the hidden and peripheral – the things in our lives and relationships we don’t acknowledge – as well as our shadow-selves and the darker side of human experience, such as the gothic or transgressive. On a wider scale, we’re interested in characters who live ‘in the shadows’ or on the margins of society: outsiders, outcasts, and the unseen. And of course, we’re also accepting work on any subject or style that demonstrates the talent on our course. 

You’ll be hearing more from the MA editors, who will be dropping in to classes in the coming weeks to spread the word and further explain their criteria.  In the meantime, take a look at their guidelines page and prepare to step into the shadows.  You’ll have over three weeks (and an entire activity week) to polish up a piece to submit, as the deadline is midnight on Saturday March 25th – the very end of Week 8.  Good luck!

Reflections Anthology Launch Event

25 Nov

Hot on the heels of our recent post about the 2016 UoG Novel Contest Shortlist, we’re pleased to announced that this year’s annual Creative Writing anthology, Reflections: New Writing 5, will be launched in just under three weeks time, on Tuesday December 13th, in just under three weeks time.  The doors open at 6.15 in TCoo2(A) for reflective fun and refreshments.  Then, at 7.00 p.m., we’ll move into the main lecture hall (TC001) for readings.  The paperback anthology retails for £6.99 but will be on sale for the discounted launch price of £5.  When we wrap up, there is an after-party in the private function room (downstairs) at Tailor’s.  Entry is free, so bring your friends and come along to what’s shaping up to be a great night!

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One Week To Compass Launch!

20 Oct

A week today, on Tuesday October 27th, the UoG Writing Programme will be launching Compass: New Writing IV, the latest anthology in the New Writing series, featuring the best prose, poetry, and drama by students on our course.  So navigate your way to TC002A at 6.45 p.m. and join us for snacks and beverages.  We will then adjust course and move into the main lecture theatre (TC001) for readings, before announcing the results of the second annual UoG Novel Writing Contest.  For the after-party, our hardy adventurers will make an epic trek to The Swan – a venue on the far side of the little world called Cheltenham, where we’ve booked a private function room.  The night is going to be one for the record books, or log books, so get your gear together and join the expedition!

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New play written by UoG MA students premieres at the Everyman Theatre this Saturday

2 Jun

DymockAs part of this weekend’s UoG Fringe, we’re delighted to announce that a few tickets remain for the premiere of Voices from the Forest – a play written collectively by MA students at the University of Gloucestershire. Students Ash Hartridge, Chloe Biggs, Matthew Pinnell, and Senja Andrejevic have combined their skills with those of lecturer Lucy Tyler to develop a new play exploring the lives and times of Gloucestershire’s celebrated Dymock Poets. The matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday 6th June is open to the public and a small number of tickets remain. The play will be staged at the Everyman Theatre and tickets can be booked by telephone on 01242 572573 or in person at the box office. Tickets are £4 for students and other concessions and £8 full price. Book soon to avoid disappointment!Fringe logo

Remember that this is one of ten events on the UoG Fringe Programme. It promises to be an amazing weekend and it all starts at 6pm in TC001 on Friday 5th June. Check out the full list of events here.

Last Day to Submit to Compass!

9 Feb

That’s right, folks.  D-day has arrived and the deadline to submit your work to Compass, this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, is looming.  You have until midnight tonight, when the submission window officially closes.  The submissions have been pouring in over the weekend, but we’re expecting more before moving on to the next stage of the editorial process.  So if you’ve been holding on to that precious piece of poetry, prose, or drama – trying to get it perfect – now is the time to let go and send it on its way.  For those who haven’t checked out the guidelines already, you’ll find them here.  Good luck!

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Compass: New Writing IV

18 Dec

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We are proud to announce the arrival of this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, Compass: New Writing IV.  We are seeking high quality submissions of prose, poetry, and drama from any student enrolled on a Creative Writing module here at the University of Gloucestershire. To demonstrate the talent on our writing courses, we want you to create work that brings readers into your world. We want you to push the boundaries.  We are accepting work in any genre or style, and are particularly interested in those that resonate with the meanings and connotations of Compass, or emphasize notions of place, location, travel, journeys, and migration.

The submission window is now open, and you can find out how to submit your work by checking out our guidelines page.  The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Monday February 9th 2015.  Watch this space for updates, tips, and reminders over the next couple of months.  Good luck and we look forward to reading your work!

Drama collaboration with The Everyman Theatre

7 May

Actors reading scripts, watched by second-year studentsOn Friday, Lucy Tyler and second-year Dramatic Writing students hosted a day of table-top and staged readings with Paul Milton, the Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre, and a group of the theatre’s creative associates and actors. The plays, written over the course of the year, were rehearsed in-house by Paul and his team, and the actors commended the work as performable and enjoyable. If you want to see what our third-year dramatic writing students have been working on, don’t forget to book tickets for Smoke Rings: a unique collaboration between the University of Gloucestershire’s talented writers, Dreamshed Theatre Company, and The Everyman Theatre. The play is running from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th, and while Saturday’s show is now SOLD OUT, some tickets remain for Thursday and Friday night. You can book at the Everyman Theatre Box Office, online, or by phoning 01242 572573.

Dramatic Writing Students Staged Readings

29 Nov

While prose (and some poetry) is primarily designed to be read on the page, plays are written to be performed. The best test of a play, therefore, is for it to be read by professional actors. As part of the Creative Writing degree at the University of Gloucestershire, second year Dramatic Writing students last May hosted a day of table-top and staged readings with Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre’s Artistic Director, Paul Milton, and a group of the theatre’s creative associates and actors. Twelve plays, written over the course of the year, were rehearsed in-house by Paul and his team. The variety of the work offered a real challenge; there were plays about Afghanistan, an adaptation of an A.E Houseman poem, issue-based drama examining sex trafficking in Cheltenham, an NHS critique, a feminist piece on the death penalty and stylistically interesting work moving between high-realism and experimental challenges to traditional drama. Actors commended students’ ability to write for performance and it was great to see the scripts brought to life. You can watch a sample of the readings via the links below (many thanks to Luke Dean for arranging the recording):

Script by Tatia Nichols-Arles
Script by Rachel Kelby
Script by Keely O’shaughnessy
Script by Jenny O’Mahony
Script by Holly Brown
Script by Claire Leek
Script by Claire Holland
Script by Chris Bryant
Script by Luke Dean