On 19th February 2017 at the Theatre Royal Brighton, the Threadbare Theatre Company, in association with Gateways to the First World War and Dr Helen Brooks, presented two short plays from iconic writers of the era:

The Boy Comes Home by A.A.Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh) and

The New Word byJ.M.Barrie (Peter Pan)

which were written during one of the most troubling times our country has ever seen, a war that would change the face of the modern world. Click the links above to watch videos of the productions.

Whilst a war was battled across the sea, British life continued at home with music hall entertainment cheering the spirits. Now the music and plays of this time give us a unique look into life at home 100 years ago so join us for this one-off show re-creating this iconic time.

This exciting event saw both performers and audience on the stage of Theatre Royal Brighton, with a themed refreshments bar in the wings and an opportunity to view some of Theatre Royal Brighton’s archive material in the dressing rooms.

Join ‘Recovering First World War Theatre’

An invitation to join Recovering First World War Theatre…
A nationwide community project researching war plays written and performed during the Great War.
Are you interested in the First World War?
Do you like learning about theatrical and cultural history?
Would you like to research long-lost plays?
Are you looking to develop new skills?
If so, then here is a chance to be part of an exciting research project run by Dr Helen Brooks, Gateways co-investigator and theatre historian.
Dr Brooks is looking for members of the public who would like to research theatre during the First World War. You can be based anywhere across the country, or indeed the world, as much of the work will be undertaken using online resources.
The project will examine long-lost war plays written between 1914 and 1918 using libraries, archives and online databases.
The results will be published in a public database and shared at a project festival.
The work will take place between March and November 2017 and you can work from home, at local libraries and archives or at the British Library.
Attendance at one of the training days in March or April is recommended (expenses covered by the project) but an online version will also be available for those who cannot attend in person.
‣ Anyone can apply
‣ No prior experience needed
‣ Travel expenses reimbursed for research
‣ Access to computer required
‣ Contact RFWWT@kent.ac.uk with any questions
RFWWT is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Gateways to the First World War
To apply to take part please contact RFWWT@kent.ac.uk for an application form.

School of Arts Success in Research Prizes

Congratulations to Dr Mattias Frey and Professor Martin Hammer who have both been awarded Faculty of Humanities Research Prizes.

The Prizes recognise exceptional achievements in research and are open to all research active staff and doctoral students at Kent.

Prof. Martin Hammer has received the Faculty of Humanities Prize for Advanced Research and Dr Mattias Frey has been awarded the Faculty of Humanities Prize for Consolidator Research.

Humanities MA Fair

Wednesday 1st March, 4pm-5pm

Jarman Studio 1, University of Kent, Canterbury

Thinking about postgraduate study in the Humanities? Come along to our MA fair to get more information about masters programmes and application advice from:

  • Architecture
  • American Studies
  • Arts (Drama, Film and History of Art)
  • English
  • History
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • Classical & Archaeological Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language & Linguistics
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Paris and Rome
  • Careers and Employability Service

Further information

T: 01227 824493

E: L.S.Jones@kent.ac.uk


Dr Shaun May Receives Arts Council Funding for Autism Festival

Congratulations to Drama lecturer Dr Shaun May who has been awarded Arts Council funding for his Autism Arts Festival to be held on Canterbury Campus on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017.

This is a two-day festival of arts by and for people on the autistic spectrum, which will take place across the Gulbenkian, Jarman, Lupino and Grimmond buildings on campus. The Autism Arts Festival has two key aims. First, it is intended to be a celebration of autistic creativity, in which a number of artists on the spectrum can share their work with the rest of the autistic community and the broader public. Second, it is an attempt to develop the idea of a relaxed performance further to create an entirely autism-friendly festival. This event will feature performances, film screenings, installations and workshops, as well as an exhibition of visual art by autistic artists which will be open to the public in the Studio 3 gallery from 18th to 30th April 2017.

The festival is also supported by the Popular and Comic Performance Research Centre and the Centre for Cognition, Kinesthetics and Performance.

Look out for tickets and publicity around the festival coming soon!

Digital Doris Receives Nominet Funding

Congratulations to Sian Stevenson and Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company who have been awarded funding from the Nominet Trust to develop ‘Digital Doris’ – a portable digital ‘kit’ which helps give older people the freedom to express themselves through movement and dance.

The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company developed Digital Doris to overcome the challenges older people face during movement-based workshops held in residential care homes and day care centres. These included physical limitations, like short-term memory loss and mobility problems, plus the venues’ limited space.

Digital Doris uses Resolume software which projects digital images into any area. It can be used to demonstrate warm-up exercises, remind older people where they are in an activity, and provide an extra point of reference for their movements.

The images can be human-like to teach people basic moves, or abstract to inspire new ways of moving and improvising.

Through this digital technology Doris can transform everyday spaces into creative places in which older people can play and dance. It also encourages creative collaboration between older people and Moving Memory members while providing participants with a sense of artistic ownership.

Nominet Trust is funding this project to introduce Digital Doris to older people around the UK. This means more older people can become involved in dance, free their imaginations and challenge people’s perceptions of what aging looks like.

More information can be found here.

Short Courses at Tonbridge

Short courses at our Tonbridge Centre allows you to spend time exploring a subject purely for interest, among like-minded people, without formal assessment.

The University’s Tonbridge Centre is a small and friendly centre dedicated to part-time study, located just 5 minutes walk from Tonbridge railway station.

Details of upcoming courses can be found here.

Spring Short Courses – Intro to PG Study

Spring and Summer Short Courses and Personal Development

Full course info is available at www.kent.ac.uk/tonbridge

These courses are usually very popular and you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

London Physical Acting Taster Workshop Announced for Spring 2017

The MA Physical Acting explores physical training for actors and performance practice. 

The programme, which is based on a sustained and sophisticated engagement with this specialist aspect of theatre practice, gives you the opportunity to work in solo practice and as part of  an ensemble, using the body and voice as entry-points to performance.

Saturday 25 February 2017, 11.30am -1.30pm

Location: Siobhan Davies Studios London (near Elephant & Castle)

Get a taste of the course and the most recent Physical Acting research undertaken at Kent with this workshop led by Professor Paul Allain and Dr Roanna Mitchell. There will be time for questions and discussion.

For further information and to book a place, please contact the course convenor Dr Roanna Mitchell: r.e.mitchell@kent.ac.uk

Prof. Tom Henry Launches Italian Renaissance Document Site

The Italian Renaissance Document Site (IRDS) has been launched. With support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s Digital Resources Grant Program, this website makes available full transcriptions of primary documentation for ten Italian Renaissance artists: Piero della Francesca, Benozzo Gozzoli, Benedetto Bonfigli, Pietro Perugino, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Luca Signorelli, Giovanni Santi, Francesco di Giorgio, Neroccio de’ Landi, and Raphael. It has an English and an Italian language version, and every document is accompanied by details of its location and a basic bibliography, acknowledging the transcription author as appropriate (in some cases transcriptions have been supplied, in others published transcriptions have been followed, and the project team were also responsible for numerous new transcriptions or for revising published transcriptions from the original). There is a full-text search facility, and the increased richness of the database allows students and researchers to make connections in this documentation more easily than before. The flexibility also allows for documents to be added, or transcriptions corrected, in the future and there are plans to add photographs and possibly translations, as well as to extend the number of artists included.

This project has been directed by Tom Henry, Professor of History of Art at the University of Kent and Director of the University of Kent, Rome. Three researchers have worked on the project: Margherita Cinti, Matteo Mazzalupi and Valentina Ricci-Vitiani.