Tag Archives: Theatre

V-Day coming to UoG

28 Nov

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. 

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.

Prizes, publications, and performances: more success for UoG Creative Writers

1 Nov

Happy news, fellow writers. As the man himself would say, we’re all super-excited for Tyler Keevil. The BA course leader has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize for his story ‘Sealskin.’ The Journey Prize is a major literary award with a $10,000 first prize, and Tyler is one of three finalists alongside Lori McNulty and Clea Young. He’ll be flying out to Toronto for the award ceremony at the Glenn Gould studio on November 4th, when the overall winner will be revealed. Tyler may be getting pretty used to award ceremonies, but we’re not quite believing the claim on his official website that he’s hired a fashion adviser. There’s certainly been no evidence of that around uni.

The journey prize

You can read a conversation between Tyler and Miriam Toews in the National Post here, and if you want to read the story itself, get a copy of Tyler’s collected short fiction, Burrard Inlet – it is, as Tyler would put it, super sweet.

Our poets are riding a wave too. Last year’s third year poetry group have had more success: Adam Magee has a poem up at the ezine Ink Sweat & Tears  and has two poems forthcoming in Domestic Cherry, the annual journal of Swindon Poetry Festival. Rosanna Riches and Josh Martin both have poems in issue six of Angle Poetry Journal.

Wales Arts ReviewThe poetry lecturers are also busy publishing: Angela France has a poem in an anthology of longer narrative poems, The Other Side of Sleep (Arachne Press), has three poems in Domestic Cherry, and a poem in Wales Arts Review. While Nigel McLoughlin has had poems published in The Honest Ulsterman and Under The Radar as well as poems forthcoming in New Writing, The Wolf, and The Stony Thursday Book.  There is an interview with Nigel in Axon, which you can read online here.

Not to be out done, there’s also fresh success for one of our playwrights. Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, who is studying for a Master’s degree, recently saw her short play ‘The Bargain’ performed script-in-hand by Touring Theatre Consortium at The Everyman Theatre.

Good luck Tyler and congratulations to all our stars!

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!


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!).


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!

Drama this Friday

19 Feb

Parabola Arts Centre Auditorium This Friday, Try Something New at the Parabola Arts Centre, where the work on show will include staged readings of new writing by Jess Searle and Annabel Box – two third-year students at the University of Gloucestershire. Their pieces will be performed alongside other work in progress, in an exciting night full of new ideas and innovative stage craft. Come and support your fellow students at 7pm on Friday 22nd February. Tickets are £5 for students (£8 full price) and more information is available here.

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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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.

Eleven Places Logo

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.

Come to where I’m from

4 Sep

After a summer break, we’re back up and running. Here’s the first of many great local opportunities that we’ll be advertising between now and the end of the year:

Paines Plough, the leading company for new writers, is asking playwrights from across the UK to share plays about where they grew up. The Parabola Arts Centre and Paines Plough are looking to commission local writers, be they amateurs or professionals, to write 10-15 minute long plays about what Gloucestershire means to them. The selected plays will be performed by the writers at PAC as part of ‘Come to Where I’m From’.

Places are limited, so don’t hesitate to apply for a chance to be a part of this unique opportunity. If you are interested in taking part, please submit the following:

• An example of your work: a play, chapter from a novel, or a couple of articles. (The work does not have to have been published.)
• Your CV.
• A paragraph about why you want to do the play, how long you’ve lived in the local area and what it means to you.

Please email your submissions to Christina@parabolaartscentre.co.uk

In addition to the plays, Paines Plough is also running two preceding workshops at PAC:

• If it Didn’t Exist You’d Have to Invent it, will take place on October 31st at 7pm and will focus on setting up and running a company.
• Producing Plays, Developing Writers, will run on November 1st at 5pm and will be focused on developing the writer’s work.

Workshops are open to anyone and can be booked separately; tickets are £5 and are available from the box office.

Come To Where I’m From will take place on November 1st at 7.30pm, when the chosen playwrights will read their finished plays. The performance is open to anyone interested in hearing this new work. Tickets are available from the Parabola Arts Centre online or by calling 01242 707 338.

Good luck!

Try Something New this Thursday!

17 Jan

‘Try Something New,’ a night of music and theatre at the Parabola Arts Centre, is a chance to see innovative performances in development, right here in Cheltenham. They say: ‘Each night has a handful of companies sharing work in spaces all over the building – it’s a chance to see work in development, new pieces and to chat to the artists.’

On Thursday 19th January, you can be serenaded in Britain’s smallest music venue with Folk in a Box, watch Dom Coyote’s apocalyptic fairytale of music and storytelling in The Raun Tree, and see The Bullet and the Bass Trombone: a beautiful, haunting part-concert, part-play.

Intrigued? Student tickets are available at only £5 and you can book online, by calling 01242 707338, or by dropping by the Parabola Arts Centre (a short walk from the Promenade). The performances start at 7:30pm. See you there!