Juliana Stobel – Work Experience Bursary

Opera Holland Park is a small opera production company that stages 4 shows each summer on their temporary stage at Holland House in Kensington. I joined the company as an intern for three weeks; while they were in the midst of securing artists, stage crew and production team. It was particularly interesting for me, as a Creative Producing for Theatre MA student, to gain access and insight into contracts, interviews and negotiations. The benefits of working with a smaller company are that every department is located within the same office. Communication channels are short and it is easy to keep up with the progress of everyone around. I am able to gain a full insight into the entire workings of the company. My individual tasks included sending out contracts and music sheets, filing returned contracts, chasing up uncompleted documents and updating the database on the on-going progress. Other tasks included researching potential short operas for a specific collaboration project, as well as researching various different theatres and opera houses in Europe for a potential tour of their family opera of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

Opera Holland Park sets itself apart by making opera accessible to all audiences. They aim to change the perception of opera being prestigious and elite to something that is accessible and for everyone to enjoy. While working at the Opera Holland Park office, I found great interest in the Inspire programme they are running, which is an education program that aims to inspire and encourage all members of the community to experience, discover and actively participate in opera and classical music, developing their taste and knowledge and bringing the art from to as wide an audience as possible. I was very fortunate that I was able to attend one of their quarterly community concerts hosted at the St Cuthberts Church in Kensington. The event was organised by Age UK and as the host of the event explained importance of acknowledging loneliness within a community of elderly, it became clear to me that this valentine’s themed concert was more than just a display of excellent opera music.

This placement is a mandatory part of my course and my placement made me realise the benefits of completing a placement at this point in time. It enables me to make contacts in an industry I am aiming to work in shortly after I graduate and it opens doors at a perfect point in time. The University of Kent bursary scheme helps a great deal, while it is absolutely manageable to commute from Canterbury to London within an hour – it comes at a high price. The financial contribution towards my expenses enabled me to fully enjoy this placement and not worry too much about my bank account.

The Moving Reverie – 2018 London Mime Festival

THE MOVING REVERIE – 2018 London Mime Festival

“It was a full-on, completely practical, full of knowledge week.” – Workshop participant, 2017 London International Mime Festival.

Week-long open workshop THE MOVING REVERIE
January 8th to 12th 2018
10am – 5pm
£250 – £275 for the full course – BOOK A PLACE

To have an idea; to hesitate and stop; to question; to decide; to stop again and doubt; to check… The actor on stage lives through all these different ways of thinking second by second. The challenge is to allow all these inner impulses and ideas to flow into expression and become visible to the audience.

In this week-long workshop designed for professional and semi-professional performers, participants will immerse in Theatre Re’s vital approach to Etienne Decroux’s Corporeal Mime and explore how to give physical shape and theatrical rhythm to these impulses.

Guillaume Pigé is an actor, director, mime and magician. He formed Theatre Re in 2009 and has been directing and performing in all the company’s productions to date. He is also an Associate Teacher at R.A.D.A and is regularly invited to give workshops in the UK and internationally.

There are limited places on the workshop so we recommend booking as soon as you are able to.

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

PhD Information event: School of Arts

If you are considering staying on to do a PhD in the School of Arts, you are encouraged to come to a PhD Information Event which will take place at

5-6pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017 in Jarman Studio 5, with Maurizio Cinquegrani, School Director of Graduate Studies

The session will cover topics such as

  • how to write a good research proposal
  • how to find a supervisor
  • how to apply for a place on the programme
  • how to apply for scholarships and funding

We hope to see you there.

Cuba Scholarship for PG students!

There is a fantastic opportunity for a group of postgraduate students to travel to Cuba next year between April and May 2018 (final dates to be determined) thanks to a philanthropically funded scholarship which covers the cost of flights and a maintenance grant towards accommodation and subsistence. The deadline to apply is Sunday 5 November 2017.

The visit will encompass a series of cultural activities and is a wonderful opportunity to experience the life and culture of this vibrant island.

More information is available here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADCUBAEX02

 

Voila! Europe

Voila! Europe, London’s language-barrier-busting theatre festival, is back with multilingual plays from the UK and the continent this autumn!

Bigger and bolder, this non-Brexit-fearing event brings 30 companies to three venues, showcasing the best of what European theatre has to offer!

This year you’ll find shows in French, Greek, Czech, Polish, Italian, and English, as well as plays without words using body language or some mixing multiple languages in one!

The companies are exploring themes of belonging, displacement, climate-change, money, power, identity, discrimination and more, in a variety of genres from comedy, to improvisation, puppetry, dance, documentary theatre, classics and poetry.

Check out the program on www.voilaeuropefestival.com (student discounts apply!)

8-18 November @ The Cockpit, Etcetera Theatre, Applecart arts.

Canterbury Sound event

The term ‘Canterbury sound’ is used to refer to the signature psychedelic and progressive rock developed by artists such as Caravan and Soft Machine. The event “Canterbury Sound: Place, Music and Myth” explores Canterbury as a metaphor and reality, a symbolic space of music inspiration. The discussion and performance event will take place on Saturday 28 October at Augustine Hall in Canterbury. For tickets and key details, visit: canterbury.ac.uk/canterburysound

The programme includes performances from the SoupSongs, assembled with the participation of ‘Canterbury Sound’ founding figure Robert Wyatt, experimental band Lapis Lazuli who recently worked with Gong and Acid Mother Temple, Jack Hues and the Quartet, and electronic artist Koloto. The day also presents a series of discussions with artists, cultural intermediates, and cultural researchers such as Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith University, Australia), Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan), Brian Hopper (The Wilde Flowers, SoupSongs), Aymeric Leroy (author of The Sound of Canterbury), Phil Howitt (Facelift fanzine), Professor Murray Smith (Princeton/Kent Universities), Matt Watkins (Canterbury Sans Frontiers), and organisers of the event – music researchers Professor Shane Blackman, Dr Asya Draganova, and Alan Payne.

We will also be exploring together a rich collection of archival material, books, and artwork linked to the Canterbury Sound.

This event seeks to demonstrate the development of the ‘Canterbury Sound’ as an inter-generational, local, and transnational cultural phenomenon.

For more information see:

Canterbury Arts and Culture Events: canterbury.ac.uk/canterburysound

Canterbury Festival: https://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/whats-on/music/canterbury-sound.aspx

Expert comment: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/expertcomment/the-canterbury-sound-music-from-the-small-city-in-the-global-history-of-popular-culture/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/123693321515580/

Facebook handle: @TheCanterburySound

For Twitter and Instagram posts, #canterburysound

Asya Draganova,

Event co-ordinator

Email: asya.draganova@bcu.ac.uk and asya.draganova@canterbury.ac.uk

Alumni Pub Nights – November 2017

Alumni Pub Nights, the new social and networking series for Kent alumni and students, will take place in local pubs in Canterbury or London on the last Tuesday on the month every two months and we would love you to join us! The events aim to bring together alumni, students and staff from a range of disciplines with each night themed to different subjects surrounding workplace skills, networks and employability opportunities. Events could include speakers, or they may be geared to people interested in a particular sector or skillset, but all events will be a great opportunity for you to meet up with local alumni to network and think about your future.

 The next event will be at the Miller’s Arms in Canterbury on 28 November from 18.00 – 20.00. Meet TeachFirst’s Graduate Recruitment Officer and former teacher, Ross Cooper, who will lead a short, interactive discussion on working in education and teaching. This is a great chance for budding teachers to meet up to find out more about the profession and meet others who are interested in education. However, all are welcome to come along and catch up with Kent graduates. Please click here to register and join the event on Facebook for relevant updates.

 First drink free! If you have any questions regarding this event please email alumni@kent.ac.uk.

 

Film/Media Opportunity

 

A current postgraduate Law student here at University of Kent needs support with a short project she is working on that involves vlogs, podcasts and video shoots.

The v-log, or podcast, or video would be a way to lead people to go to the blog. It does not have to be very technical or graphic, but professional and well projected would be great.

If any student would be interested in working with Beattie to produce this project, please use her contact details below for more information.

bww3@kent.ac.uk