As part of the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival in October, there will be THE LION KING company masterclass.
Join the festival on Friday 13th October at Trinity Theatre at 12:30pm – 2:30pm for exclusive masterclass which will introduce you to the iconic puppetry from Disney’s acclaimed stage musical THE LION KING.
By the end of the masterclass you will have gained an understanding of:
- Director Julie Taymor’s vision.
- The influences that inspired the production.
- The different types of puppetry in the award-winning musical.
- What it takes to make and maintain the 232 puppets in the production and have met some of the team that is responsible for this.
Members of the company will share their insights into what it is like to perform with the puppets as well as meeting a number of actual puppets from THE LION KING themselves!
Tickets for the masterclass are priced at £5.
While you are at the Theatre, this is also the perfect opportunity to visit THE LION KING exhibition in Trinity Gallery (free). Featuring some of the complete costumes, full-scale puppets and masks along with costume sketches and behind-the-scenes photographs, this fascinating exhibition will bring to life the journey of how the legendary production made the transition from screen to the Broadway stage.
Henry Maddicoot performing He flicked his cigarette at Wise Words Festival 2017
Henry Maddicott (Final year Drama student) has been celebrating his success at the 2017 Wise Words Festival Emerging Talent Final which was presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.
Earlier in the year poets from around the country had the opportunity to apply for the opportunity to compete against each other at Canterbury’s Wise Words Festival. Out of the many that applied only six were shortlisted. These included Henry as well as fellow Kent Drama student Jemma-Louise Burgess. The prize includes support from Wise Words and Apples and Snakes to produce an hour long show for next year’s festival. He will also receive three mentoring sessions with a high profile poet of his choice along with promotional material and the first pick of any upcoming writing workshops that they may be hosting.
You can find out more about Henry Maddicot’s poetry by clicking here.
A one-day festival event, created by ART31’s Youth Board (13-25 year olds from across Kent), and focusses on the biggest challenges young people are currently facing, including mental health and wellbeing, employment and education, happening on Saturday 15th July at Gulbenkian.
It’s hosted by Billie JD Porter (BBC3, Channel 4, Vice), and we’ve got loads of speakers and participants including Darren Henley (Keynote speaker, Chief Executive Arts Council England), Dean Atta, Envy, Jamsin Vardimon and loads more. There’s also workshops – spoken word and rap with Envy, animation, dance with New Adventures & Re:Bourne and Pie Factory Music sharing their top tips for involving young people in the leadership of arts organisations. It’s also going to be a great networking opportunity, as there’s so many creative professionals involved with the event, and there’ll be roundtable sessions to meet them and chat about career paths etc.
As well as all that, there’s performances going on throughout the day (theatre, dance, music, spoken word) and then in the evening there’s the ART31 Awards ceremony, recognising young people’s achievements in and contributions to the arts in Kent. Young people will be receiving awards of £500 to help them realise their arts ambitions. They can either apply themselves for these awards, or be nominated by someone else of any age, and applications are open until Mon 19th June – http://art31.co.uk/2017/05/18/art31-awards-applications-now-open/
Book here – http://art31.co.uk/events/uprising/
Our trailer for the event is available here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb8fpcuQ1Ms
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
Further info: #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 help with catering numbers Email: L.Brydon@kent.ac.uk
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.
- 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: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Gulbenkian/Sections/Choose?prod_id=CDN&perf_id=2
**ALSO TEDX IS STILL LOOKING FOR DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDENTS TO ASSIST WITH TECHNICAL – if this interests anyone please contact Maisie Ann Golding on email@example.com.
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Linda Smith Lecture – Susan Calman
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
Tuesday 16 May 2017
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.
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.
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.