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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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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.

Curtain Descends on Smoke Rings

12 May

After months of writing and weeks of rehearsals, Smoke Rings, the play co-authored by third-year playwrights at the University of Gloucestershire, has run to full houses and critical acclaim. After every show sold out, an additional matinee performance was added on Saturday afternoon, and every audience enjoyed a play that was full of politics, comedy, suspense, and exuberance. As the Gloucestershire Echo wrote in the days before the opening night, ‘The story sweeps across time, giving a fictional account of the history of the smoking industry, with scenes depicting Columbus bringing tobacco to the UK and modern sections showing horseracing punters having a cigarette at Cheltenham Racecourse.’ Reviewing the show in the same paper on Friday, Emma Allsebrook wrote, ‘Directed by Bill Cronshaw [Dreamshed Theatre], the play takes you on an unforgettable journey, telling you the untold story of the tobacco industry in Gloucestershire…. Commissioned as part of a final year creative writing degree at the county’s university, the collaboration is certainly a success. [The] writing is interrogative and more often than not, humorous.’ Commenting on the brilliant performances by Yvie Magee, Melissa McCarthy, Alex Guilford, and John Martin Stevens, she added ‘The story sweeps across generations, interpreted by four talented actors who interchange between characters faultlessly…. Whilst the play is neither anti-smoking nor pro tobacco, this black comedy is controversial. But in all the right ways.’

Thanks and kudos to all fifteen writers – and, of course, to lecturer Lucy Tyler who oversaw the whole project. Smoke Rings was a treat for everyone lucky enough to see it, and Saturday night won’t be the last we hear of the show; there are plans to take it on tour, and the team are preparing suitably adapted versions to take to schools and colleges. For more information about this, please contact Dreamshed Theatre at info@dreamshedtheatre.co.uk.
In the meantime, here are some photos taken during the rehearsal process (thanks to Emma Potter for the pics!).

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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.

Writers in the News

30 Apr

Gloucestershire_EchoThird-year dramatic writing students at the University of Gloucestershire have made the news with an article in today’s Gloucestershire Echo. Michael Purton’s article, “Students’ controversial smoking play to run at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre”, is available online here (the accompanying photo deserves a caption competition, I think). Don’t forget to book tickets ASAP: at the Everyman Theatre Box Office, online, or by phoning 01242 572573.

P.S. Remember that the deadline for the Fire Anthology is midnight tonight!

Smoke Rings – Tickets now available online

18 Apr

Smoke Rings, the brilliant new play written by our third-year dramatic writers, is running at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th of May. This unique collaboration by our talented writers, Dreamshed Theatre Company, and The Everyman Theatre, has produced a drama not to be missed:

smoke rings publicityIn 1604, James I described smoking as ‘A custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, neerest resembling the horrible
Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse.’ 400 years later, our relationship with tobacco is just as complicated. In this innovative collaboratively written play, fifteen writers take a look at our personal and economic addictions: from the Cotswold’s seventeenth-century outlaw tobacco farmers (and the men who chased them) to present-day puffers at the Cheltenham races, this is the untold story of tobacco in Gloucestershire.

Tickets are available via this link – book early to avoid disappointment!

Theatre Review: Neighbourhood Watch

21 Feb

Lucy Tyler reviews Alan Ayckbourn’s Neighbourhood Watch: a laugh-out-loud satire of a security-obsessed Britain, which will have special resonance for those theatre-goers young enough to remember when they were mistaken for Britain’s ‘feral youth’.

When it comes to choosing the resources most useful to playwrights, Alan Ayckbourn’s The Crafty Art of Playmaking is always high on the list. This is a compendium filled with tips and tricks of the trade, written by a man whose 75th play is showing at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre until Saturday 25th February. Ayckbourn’s plays have always offered master classes on how to write drama. His works, which usually examine the British middle class, are filled with wry and witty dialogue, and strong, real-to-life characters in larger-than-life, usually hilarious, predicaments. Neighbourhood Watch is no exception. This play, which you can see for the rest of the week, is a tongue-in-cheek examination of a middle-class housing estate and its desire to protect itself from the perceived threat posed by the adjacent working-class estate. The characters’ desire to arm themselves against the working-class youths (just in case they charge the estate with knives and stolen hedge-trimmers) seems to be a searing commentary on current social questions we’ve been vocalising with hats off since the summer riots: what should we do about the feral underclass? How can we protect our homes and property? This hilarious satire of a certain Daily Mail mentality will make you laugh so hard, you’ll wonder why you don’t see Ayckbourn comedies every week. If you want a jolly good giggle and a pint-size political commentary, hot foot it to The Everyman and see this gem. What’s more, you’ll glean truckloads of writing advice without even noticing. Tickets from £10 are available at: www.everymantheatre.org.uk.

Lucy Tyler is a playwright and a lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Gloucestershire.