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Places I Remember – Theatre Performance This Friday

15 Oct

Eleven Places Logo

This Friday (17th October), for one night only, there’s an opportunity to see ‘Places I Remember’ – hard-hitting drama that was originally staged at The Everyman Theatre in the summer. The performance is brought to you by Eleven Places Theatre Company, which is run by University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing tutors and alumni.

We often define ourselves by where we’re born, where we’ve lived, and where we’ve been. But why and how does place become so important to us?

Three playwrights have each written about the profundity of place and its impact on our lives. Join them to meet a child who’s recalling the violence of a Scottish mining community, a commuter who’s unwilling to ever stop travelling, and a girl who’s determined to cross to the wrong side of the tracks.

Actress, Anwen Ashworth

Actress, Anwen Ashworth

The three plays are written by Lucy Tyler, Claire Holland, and Luke Dean, and are performed by Luke Dean and Anwen Ashworth. Don’t miss this one-off addition to the original run. Friday’s performance will be held in the upstairs function room at Copa on Regent Street. Tickets are sold on the door for £5 and the performance starts at 7:30pm. Come at 7pm to ensure a seat and a drink! We hope to see you there!


Places I remember – Theatre in Cheltenham this week

23 Jun

Eleven Places LogoNeed a break from football? You’re in luck: from Thursday to Saturday this week, Eleven Places Theatre Company, in association with Dreamshed Theatre, are presenting a series of short plays about the importance of place. Eleven Places is a theatre company comprised of University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing graduates, including lecturer Lucy Tyler.

We often define ourselves by where we’re born, where we’ve lived, and where we’ve been. But why and how does place become so important to us?

Luke Dean, Claire Holland, and Lucy Tyler have each written about the profundity of place and its impact on our lives. Join them to meet a child who’s recalling the violence of a Scottish mining community, a commuter who’s unwilling to ever stop travelling, and a girl who’s determined to cross to the wrong side of the tracks.

The show is at the Everyman Theatre at 7:45 on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, and Saturday 28th, and there’s also a matinee at 2pm on Saturday 28th. Tickets can be booked via this link. Come along – we’d love to see you there!


Eleven Places Theatre Performances

1 Jan

A happy new year to one and all – may you have a healthy and successful 2013. And what better way to start the new year than by experiencing Eleven Places’ play ‘The Recipe for Belonging’? The theatre company – which is comprised of four University of Gloucestershire graduates (Luke Dean, Claire Holland, Keely O’Shaughnessy, and lecturer Lucy Tyler) – has spent a month-long artistic residency at the Meantime project-space. They set out to write a play about belonging, and what they’ve come up with is… well, you’ll have to see for yourself – expect the unexpected. The show is on this Friday and Saturday (4th and 5th of January), at Meantime project-space (on Oxford Passage, behind The Brewery), starting at 7:45pm. The performances are free, and having seen a sneak preview, I can guarantee that all who attend will be in for a quirky and brilliant evening’s entertainment. Don’t miss it!

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Photos from the anthology launch

14 Dec

Today is the last day of term and a good time to wish everyone a happy winter break and a successful new year. The launch of the Smoke Anthology on Wednesday night was a great way to close the curtain on another eventful term. The readings were excellent, and through book sales we made more than £300 to help fund a future anthology. Also, even before we hit The Railway for the after-party, sixty-five guests and authors managed to drink sixteen litres of wine and a keg of beer! Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who submitted to the anthology. We hope you all had a great night, and we can’t wait for 2013. In the meantime, here are some photos from the first part of Wednesday’s launch, and you can see many more by following this link.

Tyler and Martin opening bar

Smoke Launch 1

Smoke Launch - perusing the bar menu

Keely and Claire selling Smoke

Nigel Smoke Launch

Tyler introducing Smoke Launch

More photos

This Wednesday (12th December)…

11 Dec

Term is ending and Christmas is approaching, but before you head off for a well-deserved break, don’t forget about two events this Wednesday: in the afternoon, there’s a special theatre workshop hosted by Eleven Places; and in the evening, don’t miss the launch of the Smoke Anthology.

Eleven Places LogoThe theatre workshop runs from 1-3pm and is especially for University of Gloucestershire students. The workshop will be delivered by three former students – Luke Dean, Claire Holland, and Keely O’Shaughnessy – who all recently graduated with first-class degrees. It will therefore be a chance to pick up lots of useful tips relevant to your degree as well as to your wider writing ambitions. The event is at Meantime Project Space (behind the Brewery) and it’s free – just bring some of your playwriting to discuss.

Smoke coverLuke and Keely’s prose writing features in the Smoke Anthology (what a seamless link!), which we’re launching in TC006 on FCH campus at 7pm. There will be readings by the authors, music, and complimentary refreshments: we’ve got wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and Tyler’s even sourced a keg! For those who are as pompous as I am, there’s an optional dress code of smart/ smart-casual. After the formal launch, we’ll be going on to celebrate at The Railway Pub. It’s all free and all are welcome (students, friends, relatives, and those who just want to sample some great writing) – see you there!

Theatre Presentation, Tuesday 4th December

3 Dec

Those of you with an interest in theatre may wish to hear Eleven Places introduce their residency at the Meantime Art Space tomorrow evening – before the open mic night at the Frog and Fiddle. Eleven Places is a new theatre company formed by Lucy Tyler and University of Gloucestershire graduates. Lucy and the company will be discussing setting up a theatre company in Cheltenham and introducing their project and play. The event is free and it starts at 8pm at Meantime (behind the brewery and Tesco Metro). Afterwards, the company will be coming to the open mic. Further information can be found on the Meantime website.

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Smoke Anthology – Launch Night

25 Nov

We’ve now booked a date for the launch of Smoke: the exceptional new anthology of writing from students on the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing courses. We’ll be launching Smoke at a wine reception on Wednesday 12th December at FCH Campus (TC006). The wine reception will run from 7pm until 9pm, and there will then be an after-party at The Railway. Since I like a bit of pomp, the suggested dress code is smart/ smart-casual (though casual-casual’s fine too). Throughout the night, the book will be on sale at a discounted price of £5 (RRP £7.99). Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. Book the date in your diary now!

Eleven Places

16 Nov

Eleven Places, a Theatre Company comprised of four University of Gloucestershire graduates (Lucy Tyler, Keely O’Shaughnessy, Luke Dean, and Claire Holland), is soon to start a month-long residency at the Meantime project space. As part of the residency, the practitioners are running two workshops, one of which is specifically aimed at students. This workshop will be on the afternoon of 12th December, so if you’re a student with an interest in dramatic writing, mark that date in your diary.

Eleven Places is using its four week residency to construct a piece of theatre—or  an installation—that examines the ways that spaces can be reconstituted, distorted, or transformed. The practitioners will investigate the relationship between story and space, and the relationship between practitioner, character, and place, producing a piece of theatre intended for performance within the space. They say:

‘We all understand what our homes mean, and what makes a home your home. But look a little deeper – what exactly is the recipe for belonging? What makes a space  inhabitable, public, comfortable, or yours? Do we really belong anywhere? At home? In Cheltenham?  In this often comic, thought-provoking production of site-specific work, Eleven places Theatre Company will take you on a journey into your own understanding of space, place, and belonging. Join four characters as they go in search of the recipe for belonging.’

Eleven Places will present their work at Meantime on Saturday January 5th 2013.

Smoke Anthology: Sneak Preview

16 Oct

We’ve got preview copies of the anthology, and they look pretty sweet 🙂

The rest of the books are on their way, currently in a boat. I like to think that at this moment they’re somewhere near the Cape of Good Hope, but wherever they are on their journey, god spede ye sturdy mariners!

We’re excitedly awaiting their arrival, but in the meantime, here’s an impression of the cover:

Dramatic Writing showcase this Friday

7 Mar

You are cordially invited to a performance of scripts in development at the Parabola Arts Centre this Friday (9th March). You will be treated to extracts from five plays (read script-in-hand), which have been written by third-year Dramatic Writing students at the University of Gloucestershire (Genevieve Allen, Luke Dean, Claire Holland, Rachel Kelby, and Keely O’Shaughnessy). The students have reworked five classic plays – A Doll’s House, The Rover, Antigone, The Glass Menagerie, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle – and their performances will take you from dystopian alternative realities to a Mediterranean resort filled with boozy Brits who’ve travelled in search of sun and sex. You’ll also get to enjoy spoken word in the gallery bar and hand-picked performance pieces in the auditorium. If you’ve not been to the Parabola Arts Centre before, it’s a beautiful space that includes a 325-seat auditorium. It’s situated on Parabola Road, opposite Cheltenham Ladies College. The show starts at 7:30 and student tickets cost just £5 (full price £8). Don’t miss it!

posters and flyers can be downloaded here.

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