Abortion in Britain: past, present and future event

FREE EVENT – Abortion in Britain: past, present and future

Wednesday 21st March

Venue: Moot Chamber, Wigoder Building, Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the passage and implementation of the Abortion Act 1967, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies from SSPSSR has organised an afternoon of discussion, together with Kent’s Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Reproduction (CISoR) and KLS. All Welcome.

1:30pm Coffee and Welcome

2-3.15pm ‘Kind to Women: how the 1967 Abortion Act changed our lives’

Film show and Q and A with film director, Jayne Kavanagh (UCL Medical School)

About the film:

The passing of the 1967 Abortion Act was a pivotal moment for women’s health and women’s lives. The culmination of decades of campaigning, it finally ended the horror of deaths from self-induced and backstreet abortions. It precipitated the public funding of contraception for all and meant that, finally, women were able to choose when and whether to have children. In this moving documentary, women who survived illegal abortion and the nurses who picked up the pieces when things went wrong, and campaigning doctors and abortion rights advocates share vivid memories of the time; and bring to life the story of this ground breaking legislation and of a historic turning point for women’s rights.

3.30-5pm ‘The future of abortion: the case for decriminalisation’

Discussion with opening comments from Professor Sally Sheldon (Kent Law School) and Ann Furedi, CEO, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and author, The Moral Case for Abortion.

5-6pm Drinks Reception, and meet the author, with Ann Furedi

25% discount for students on The Moral Case for Abortion book purchase on the day!

If you are interested along coming to the event please make sure you sign up for a tickets at this link:


For more information about the event please feel free to contact me at vp238@kent.ac.uk

School of Arts’ Alumnus producing Evolution Festival

Evolution Festival


This festival is packed with loads of exciting events and I believe the panel discussions could be useful to students as they are FREE!


Here is the link for more info. > https://www.facebook.com/TEAfilms/

The Film fest is FREE! And is followed by a panel discussion about women in the arts.


Here is the link to where tickets can be purchased.  


Acting for Improvers course starting this week!

Hello School of Arts students,

Shout out for anyone interested in the Study Plus Acting courses starting next week – there are still some spaces available on the Acting for Improvers course.  This course is suitable for anyone with some experience of acting who is looking to experiment with different approaches.

This will be a fun and creative course focusing on developing character and working on scenes.

You can find more information about the course here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/studyplus/courses/coursesArtsCreative.html

I will be teaching the courses so if you have any questions please do give me a shout.  In addition to being a PhD student here at Kent, I am also a professional actress, having worked in a variety of mediums including at the National Theatre, in the West End and on the BBC.

Actors required for research project!

I’m a 2nd year PhD student in Psychology and part of the team “Autism Research at Kent”.


I am working on language, imagination and autism.

My supervisor (Dr Heather Ferguson) and I are currently setting up a study where participants (with and without autism) will listen to short spoken sentences while we record their brain activity using EEG. As part of this, we are looking for some actors to record some simple spoken sentences that we can use as stimuli. They would of course be paid for their time.

Contact: Mahsa Barzy                                                                                                     mm951@kent.ac.uk

Opportunity in Theatre Management!

Ambassador Theatre Group Graduate Scheme in Theatre Management & Operations – apply now!

ATG is the  UK’s largest commercial theatre owner and operator, featuring in eighteen towns and cities as well as London and the West End. Alongside their market-leading theatre ticketing business and our award-winning producing company, the chances are that if you visit the theatre in the UK, you’ve probably encountered ATG.

Each year ATG invites two motivated, ambitious and talented individuals to take part in an inspiring two-year programme, fast-tracking their career in theatre management.

The details of the scheme can be found on the following webpage: www.atgtickets.com/graduatescheme

I’ve also attached some information about the scheme.

Applications open on the 9th February!

Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018

Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018
Sponsored by The Richard Carne Trust

Theatre503 is searching the world for the best new plays and most talented debut playwrights. Theatre503 is the award-winning home of new writers and a launchpad for the artists who bring their words to life, staging the work of more debut writers than any other theatre in the country.

The winning play will receive £6,000 with a guaranteed production. The award is an unprecedented one, recognising new and emerging writers for an outstanding original piece of work for the stage that makes you see the world anew. The 2018 Theatre503 Playwriting Award is for debut writers of all ages who have not yet had a full length professional production staged.


The judging panel for this award have included Chris Campbell (Literary Manager, Royal Court), Timberlake Wertenbaker (Our Country’s Good),
Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard), Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical), Lily Williams (Curtis Brown), Roy Williams (Suckerpunch) and Erica Whyman (Deputy Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company and Chair, Theatre503).
Previous winners include; ‘And Then Came The Nightjars’ by Bea Roberts, ‘Valhalla’ by Paul Murphy and ‘In Event of Moone Disaster’ by
Andrew Thompson.


BBC show looking to recruit runners

BBC Flog It are looking for event runners to join us for a one day shoot at Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent, CT16 1HU on Thursday 8th Febuary 2018

You will be offered a casual contract and paid the NMW – you must be over 18 to apply and have the legal right to work in the UK.

You need to be available for the whole day (7.45am – approx. 7:00pm) and provide your own transport to and from the venue. We will not consider any applications if you are located more than one hour drive from the location. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

We will provide lunch and refreshments for you on the day. You must also have a current passport OR an official tax document stating your National Insurance number (P45/P60) with your long birth certificate for registration purposes.

To apply please email me (robert.spanring@bbc.co.uk) with your:

  • Name
  • Cover letter & CV
  • Current Postal Address
  • Date of Birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Telephone number

Success Project – Inspiring Speaker

Inspiring Speaker – Colin Colas. Thursday 18th January 12:30 – 14:00 in the Moot Room, Wigoder building.

Title: What I wish I knew at university: Thinking Globally and Never say Never


Colin will speak about fresh, new and effective approaches to attract, capitalise and create career opportunities, including the power of networking. He will share his tips for overcoming challenges to achieve success and for transitioning from university into a successful career.

Colin is in the Civil Service Fast Stream at the Ministry of Justice and is heading to the Foreign Office next, to work on international development projects across Asia-Pacific and East Africa. Previously he spent two years studying Mandarin in China having won a scholarship from the Chinese government, where he launched an entrepreneurship event sponsored by the British Consulate in Shanghai and he has valuable experience in business development and marketing communications.


Marlowe Theatre audition!

This spring, the Marlowe Youth Company will be working alongside The Marlowe People’s Company to launch The Marlowe Kit, our new building, with a production of two plays by Aphra Behn.

The Marlowe Youth Company will present The Emperor Of The Moon, a cosmic and comic farce written in the style of Commedia Dell’Arte.

The Marlowe People’s Company will present The Rover, Behn’s infamous play about love and lust in the heat of the carnival.

The performances will take place in The Marlowe Kit between 24-29 March 2018 and this year participants aged 14-21 are welcome to audition for The Emperor Of The Moon and participants aged 18+ are welcome to audition for The Rover.

Auditions for both productions will take place at the following times, in the Marlowe Kit:

Tuesday 5 December, 6.30-9.30pm – The Rover auditions.

6 December, 5-7pm –  The Emperor Of The Moon auditions.

Thursday 7 December, 5-7pm – The Emperor Of The Moon auditions.

To book an audition slot or for more information about the plays, characters, or Marlowe Kit, please contact MLWParticipation@marlowetheatre.com

Please also contact us if you are interested in getting involved in the backstage side of the production or if you can’t make any of the audition dates but would still like to be involved.

If you haven’t taken part in an audition before then please do not worry about coming along. You won’t need to prepare anything for The Emperor Of The Moon auditions and there is a small bit of text for The Rover auditions, but you do not have to learn it.