Student Success Event/ #myblackarts

Friday 9th June 2017, 2-5pm
Lumley and Aphra Theatres, Grimond Building, University of Kent
An afternoon of talks, workshops and discussions
Organised by Alisha Artry and TD.Moyo in collaboration with the School of Arts
#myblackarts seeks to explore racial diversity within academia and creative spaces, offering students the opportunity to have their voices heard.
The event will also engage in practical assistance and conversation regarding how students, especially non-White students, can excel in the School of Arts and beyond.
Full programme tbc.
All staff and students are welcome to attend
Tea, coffee and cake will be provided – please RSVP to to help with catering numbers

TEDxUniversityofKent Event 13th May 2017

Saturday 13th May, 10am, The Gulbenkian Theatre

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas and celebrating a multi-disciplinary environment; this usually takes the form of short powerful talks by a variety of people with innovative and enlightening perspectives. TEDx events, like ours, are independently run events licenced by TED and put together by a group of dedicated volunteers who in this case are students, alumni and community members.

The TEDxUniversityofKent team have been working hard since September to raise funds to organise an event which dives into the theme of The Unexplored. Many acclaimed academics, students and members of the local community will be coming forward to share their exciting and innovative ideas.

They include:

  • Richard Misek – a leading film-maker and academic that teaches at the University of Kent
  • Nicole Brown – a doctoral researcher at the University of Kent and lecturer in Education, and Programme Leader for Secondary Teacher Education Programme at University College London’s Insitute of Education
  • Rob Bryne– a Social Sciences Student exploring the impact of ‘safe spaces’ on freedom of speech on campus
  • Tim Marris – a registered Osteopath with 39 years clinical experience who is exploring how many people get out of step with time in their thinking, becoming ‘past or future thinkers’.
  • Jayne Lawson – the Central Manager of the HEAT project, which is dedicated to using data to target, monitor and evaluate outreach programmes in Higher Education.

There are more on the list waiting to share their ideas with you and we have many activities planned throughout the day for our visitors to get involved in and discover what the theme of the unexplored means to them.

Tickets can be purchased here and all funds contribute to the running of the event:  


**ALSO TEDX IS STILL LOOKING FOR DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDENTS TO ASSIST WITH TECHNICAL – if this interests anyone please contact Maisie Ann Golding on



Linda Smith Lecture with Susan Calman

Linda Smith Lecture – Susan Calman

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Tickets: £6

We are delighted that the brilliant comedian Susan Calman has agreed to give the 2017 Linda Smith Lecture. Susan is known to Radio 4 listeners as a regular panellist on The News Quiz, and for her two series, Susan Calman is Convicted and Keep Calman Carry On. On television she has appeared on QI and in the sitcoms Fresh Meat and Dead Boss. She is also known for her superb stand-up act, and her first DVD Lady Like is available from Go Faster Stripe.

The deposit of Linda Smith’s personal archive with the University of Kent in 2013 provided the inspiration for the formation of the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, which is now growing into a substantial collection, for use by comedians and for those researching stand-up comedy and associated performance arts. The Linda Smith Lecture was established in 2015 to be an annual event to celebrate Linda’s life and work, her interest in comedy and its use in and for political and social commentary, and to promote the work of the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

This event is presented by the University of Kent’s Popular & Comic Performance research centre in conjunction with the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.

Book tickets here.

Zombyism and the Post-human Global Imaginary

Wednesday 5 April, 4-6pm in Keynes Lecture Theatre 2

Zombyism and the Post-human Global Imaginary

Dr Adriana Neagu, Associate Lecturer, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

The paper examines post-humanist representations in Anglo-American film productions from a perspective informed by global and hypermodern cultural theory. It is an enquiry into aspects of dystopian sensibility in global cinema seen as manifest in the prolific zombie genre of the post-apocalyptic strand. It is premised on the assumption that global society is endemically one marred by a catastrophic horizon of expectation, whose most congenial form of expression is dystopia, a genre on the rise worldwide, especially productive in Anglo-American cinematic practice. Drawing on global cultural theory, I seek to bring the zombie dominant to bear on what I construe as globality’s post-apocalyptic imagination.

Adriana Neagu is Associate Professor of Anglo-American Studies at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Department of Applied Modern Languages. She is the author of two reference works in postmodern critical theory and of numerous literary and cultural theory articles. Her teaching areas are diverse, combining translation, interpretation, and cultural studies disciplines. Her main specialism is in the poetics of modernism and postmodernism, postcolonial theory and the literatures of identity, and translation theory and practice. At present her research centres on global theory and multiculturalism in post 9/11 context.

The Dream for a New (Disney) World; The idea, the plans and the creation of the Orlando, Florida Walt Disney Resort

Tuesday 4 April, 12-2pm in Cornwallis North-West, Seminar Room 9

The Dream for a New (Disney) World; The idea, the plans and the creation of the Orlando, Florida Walt Disney Resort.

Konstantinos Karatzas, Associate Lecturer, University of Zaragoza, Spain

This lecture will focus on the first stages of the creation of Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The lecture will chronicle and describe the selection process of the site, purchases of land and the creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District that encompasses the property. The lecture will analyse the tax assessor’s plats that used to identify and evaluate alternative World’s sites and also present feasibility studies, news releases and the early stages of the advertising campaign of the ‘New Disney World’.

Konstantinos D. Karatzas is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, specializing in African American history. His work focuses on the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma Race War, the Civil Rights Movement, the interpretation of violence and race in the United States along with the examination of collective memory. During the summer of 2017, Konstantinos was a visiting research scholar at the Universities of South Florida, Florida-Gainesville and Central Florida where he explored the modern history of Florida.

Kent Bunny’s Epic Easter Egg Hunt

This fun highlight of the 50th anniversary year is returning throughout next week, and there are great prizes up for grabs. There are 100 eggs to be found, with prizes kindly donated by Kent Sport, Hospitality, Kent Union, GK Union, Gulbenikan, Tempest Photography, Design and Print Unit, Corporate Events… and lots of chocolate eggs too! It’s open to all staff, students and alumni. At the end of the week, everyone who returned an egg will be entered into a prize draw for a camera and an IPad Mini.

85 eggs on campus

There will be 85 small, colourful plastic eggs hidden across the Canterbury and Medway campuses, as well as at the University’s centres in Paris and Brussels. There is a winning ticket inside each one. Return it to Kent Bunny’s Warren to claim a prize. Everyone who returns an egg will also be entered into a prize draw for a camera and an IPad mini taking place next Friday.       

15 eggs on-screen

A new element this year; Kent Bunny is hiding 15 ‘onscreen’ eggs and to enter the competition people just need to take a selfie in front of them and share it on Twitter, Instagram or post to the Facebook event using #KentBunny. Everyone who does so will be in for a chance to win that egg, a prize and be entered into the final prize draw.

To all a helping hand, the University will be publishing clues at 10am every morning.

Join the Facebook event and follow progress on #KentBunny and @unikentevents.

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2017 Acting Auditions

CSF is proud to be hosting auditions for its third year of Shakespeare productions. Come along to the University of Kent to get involved. You will not need to prepare anything, just bring comfortable clothes and water.

Auditions will be held in hourly slots. There will be four slots on Friday 7th April, starting at 18.00, 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00 hrs. They will continue through Saturday from 12.00 – 16.00 hrs, with recalls being held both on the Saturday and the Sunday (12.00 – 16.00hrs). You will be contacted separately via email if you are required for any recalls.

Unfortunately, you must be 18 or over to audition for the festival.

The shows will run between Friday 4th August and Sunday 20th August (inclusive), beginning with the first full-scale production on the Friday.

Here is a list of the productions:
‘Julius Caesar’, directed by Elliot Huxtable – full-scale production
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, directed by Stephanie Randlesome and Luke Anthony – full-scale production
‘Othello’, directed by Tom Houlton – full-scale production
‘Cymbeline’, directed by Elizabeth Mae Hagen – full-scale production
‘Shakespeare’s Thatcher’, written & directed by Ciaran Barata-Hynes – experimental production (NO AUDITION)
‘Claudius’, adapted & directed by Ollie Graveson & Aimee Vient – experimental production

Audition Locations:
Friday 7th April 18.00-22.00 – Cornwallis Building; Seminar Rooms 5-9.
Saturday 8th April 12.00-16.00 – Eliot College Cloister Rooms, located at the bottom of Eliot College surrounding the courtyard space.
Sunday 9th April 12.00-16.00 – Eliot College Cloister Rooms, located at the bottom of Eliot College surrounding the courtyard space.

There will be memebers of the CSF team around to show you where you to go. There will also be signs up to help you locate us.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s auditions. It promises to be our best year yet!

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Mon 19 June – Fri 23 June, 10am – 5pm every day, Large Committee Room, £200


In this five-day workshop, designed for professional and semi-professional performers, participants will immerse in Theatre Re’s vital approach to Corporeal Mime and explore the ability to change and transform.

The mime gives physical reality to ideas and emotions. He makes the invisible visible. From body articulation to counterweights, from dynamo rhythm to mobile statuary, participants will discover how to play their body like a violin, how to create movement in stillness and how to be ready for action.

This workshop will be valuable for actors and performers wishing to enhance their physical presence on stage, but also to anyone involved in the devised theatre where the actor is at the centre of the creation process.

Suitable for ages 18+

Running time: 7hrs each day

Guillaume Pigé is an actor, director, mime and magician. He formed Theatre Re in 2009 and is an Associate Teacher at R.A.D.A. He is regularly invited to give workshops in the UK and internationally. Apart from directing and performing in all Theatre Re’s productions to date, Guillaume worked as a Movement Director with Andrew Visnevski, Sue Dunderdale and Bill Gaskill.

European Cabaret

Laughs. Line dancers. Lil’ bit of nudity. All in a night’s cabaret show! Let our Popular Performance students take you on a journey of performative discovery from the very beginning, through the terrible times of war, and landing in the unravelled depths of the 80s comedy scene. Have your ribs tickled and your politics questioned, have your minds boggled and your funny bones engaged. Let your hair down, and join them in the Aphra Theatre on Tuesday 4th April for a medley of madness. Doors open 7pm, kicking off at 7.30. A variety performance you’ll never forget!

If you would like to book tickets please do so via Eventbrite or simply just turn up on the day!

‘Talk’ by Mark Wilson Information Session

The Canterbury Players are holding an information evening for their summer production (‘Talk’ by Mark Wilson) next week and all are welcome to come along!

About the play:

“Hell must be a heart filled with unheard stories…”

Bethlem Royal Hospital, the Criminal Wing for the Insane. 1854. Two Doctors, Charles Hood and George Haydon, are angered by the cruel, inhumane treatment of patients. They struggle to reform old fashioned attitudes with more a progressive outlook. Care rather than restraint. Talking rather than punishment. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained as Haydon adopts a more radical approach, now known as psychotherapy.

Two patients, Richard and Emily, are caught in the middle as they attempt to demonstrate their innovative theories and battle with the repressive authorities. Emily, a bright and brilliant poet has been wrongly incarcerated by her domineering husband. Richard, a talented artist suffers from psychosis and wrestles with a history that haunts him. Both have been banished from the world.

We watch their struggle to find a voice amidst the roar and clamour of madness, both from outside and within. Will Talking ease their troubled minds or crack them completely?

In a time blighted by NHS cuts to mental health care, Talk is at once a scathing rebuke of treatment of the mentally ill in the past, and a moving and thought-provoking story about how we inter-relate and connect with one another in the present.


Auditions will be in April and the performances will be 27 – 29 July in the Marlowe Studio.

More info on the Facebook event