Michael Boyd workshop
Scenes from The Cherry Orchard: A working rehearsal day with Michael Boyd
On 13th May, Michael Boyd, this year’s Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre and former Artistic Director of the RSC, will be holding an exclusive workshop for Oxford students. The workshop will run from 11-6pm at St Catherine’s College. If you are interested in taking part send me an email with your name, college, subject, year and a short paragraph detailing why you would like to come along. It promises to be a fantastic day!
WILDERNESS FESTIVAL – Calling for bids
Live at the Ashmolean – 31st May
www.wildernessfestival.com - 8th – 11th August 2013
Live at the Ashmolean
Wilderness festival will be taking over the Ashmolean on the evening of the 31st of May, and we are looking to feature acts, installations, short plays or performance pieces. If you are interested, please outline what your idea would be in bid format, and email it to Tessa@secretproductions.net by April 30th
Wilderness festival takes place every summer at Cornbury park, from 8th-11th August. This year, we are interested in featuring acts, installations, short plays or performance pieces and would love to hear your suggestions. If you are interested, please outline what your idea would be in bid format, and email it to Tessa@secretproductions.net by May 30th.
If you have an idea that would suit both events, please highlight that in your bid.
LIFE’S A DREAM Launch Party
LIFE’S A DREAM LAUNCH PARTY
8PM, MONDAY 22ND APRIL
Get yourselves down to the launch party of Life’s a Dream, an exciting piece of theatre brought to you this April by Oxford Spanish Play.
Come and celebrate the start of a new term, the end of collections and the hard work of the play’s cast and production team with us at the stylish House Bar.
The party will take place just two days before the show’s opening night, and with six of House’s famous cocktails HALF PRICE all night long, the evening is sure to be a good one…
And as if you’re not excited enough, everyone buying a drink will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a free ticket to the play itself!
Work with Rough-Hewn
Rough-Hewn, the company that brought you Eight, Bunny and Orphans, is looking for new artists to work with. Alongside our new Associate Director Emma D’Arcy, we want to help push Oxford’s theatre scene towards something renowned not for its history and alumni, but for its urgency and desire to interrogate.
Michaelmas Term 2013 will see Rough-Hewn take its emphasis on new writing and collaboration one step further: we will produce one published play which engages with a topic we think is important to discuss, and commission a brand new piece of work written ‘in response’ to one of its themes.
We’re looking for writers and directors to take Rough-Hewn forward and keep it producing the strong, immediate and resonant work that it was created to champion. In the coming year, there are things we want to discuss: the absurdity of humanity’s place in the world, our continuing tendency to ostracise, social and mental sickness… The list goes on.
If you’re a writer who likes the idea of developing a brand new script with us, let us know. If you’re a director with an exciting play you think suits us, then tell us about it - and if you haven’t, we’ve got a pile of phenomenal ones waiting to be put on. And if you want to direct something completely different that fits with our ethos, chat to us anyway!
We also need an Executive Producer to help manage the company’s funds, working with the Associate and Artistic Director both to invest wisely in external shows and market our own productions effectively.
We’ll be meeting with prospective artists in 3rd Week to plan our season, so send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to be at the centre of the company’s future.
For more information, check out our website: www.rough-hewn.org.
Review at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Be part of the edfringereview.com team at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, living in-house for a week with seven other reviewers and two editors to help shape this year’s online publication. edfringereview.com is part of Online Theatre Review Ltd. and takes student reviewers from Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Oxford to review the more marginalised plays at the Fringe (focusing particularly on student, amateur and Free Fringe theatre productions). Throughout August we will be accommodating eight reviewers each week in the EFR house. Alternatively, those able to provide their own accommodation can apply to be an out of house reviewer. As well as writing a minimum of two reviews each day, you will be involved with flyering on the Royal Mile, updating the social media content and the day-to-day running of the house. This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are interested in theatre or writing, and for those new and old to the Fringe!
Please note that your involvement with bristoltheatrereview.com, cambridgetheatrereview.com, durhamtheatrereview.com or oxfordtheatrereview.com will be taken into account, as well as the quality of the two reviews you will be asked to submit, and your relevant skills.
We are accepting reviewers on a rolling basis, so register your interest as soon as possible. To do this, please email a blank email to email@example.com with ‘REVIEWER - + your UNI email address’ in the subject line. We will contact everyone with details of the application procedure.
Contemporary Russian Theatre lecture - TODAY
What: Contemporary Russian Theatre as a Mirror of Social Change
When: 22 April, Monday, 5 pm
Where: St Antony’s College, Nissan Lecture Theatre
FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/162638143896863/
John Freedman is an outstanding critic and expert of post-Soviet theatre, unrivalled in the breadth of his knowledge and enthusiasms. He lives in Moscow, where for over twenty years he has been writing weekly articles on new Russian plays for the Moscow Times. His reviews, scholarly works and many translations of Russian plays into English can be found here: http://johnfreedman.webs.com/
The talk will be illustrated with videos and photos. Followed by refreshments in Hilda Besse Building. Supported by RESC at St Antony’s.
Commedia dell’Arte workshop in Italy
Florence, Italy: June 3-21, 2013 Commedia dell’Arte with Roberto Andrioli and Marco Bendoni (1950 € euros: includes housing in an apartment and workshop) Group discounts available.
Join us for 3 incredible weeks in Florence, Italy for this Commedia dell’Arte workshop. Discover Commedia in its birthplace!
The course is geared toward understanding the theatrical experience as a fun and useful tool for developing your own creativity and expressiveness as well as expanding your artistic experience in relation to a group. This course will help to develop the exchange of physical energy and creativity amongst the students in the group.
Geared toward understanding the historic “ Commedia dell Arte”, which was developed in Italy, this course will focus on dances from the Renaissance period with a public performance at the end of the course.
In this three-week workshop, participants will enhance their physical expression and learn the techniques of storytelling, improvisation as well as scene study analyzing the major authors within the tradition of Commedia dell’Arte.
Participants come from different countries and will live in apartments in Florence. There will also be excursions around Tuscany and a public performance at the end of the workshop.
OxStu - Short Fiction
Last term The OxStu (The Oxford Student newspaper) Arts & Literature section began publishing pieces of short fiction in the paper every week, and we’re now open for submissions for Trinity (ie this term).
The brief is very open: between 400 and 600 words of original fiction.
If you’d like to enter a piece for publication, or know someone who does please either email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org (or tell them to).
Look forward to hearing from you.
The Holywell Manor Festival
The Holywell Manor Festival takes place on Saturday, 27th April 2013 and is part of Balliol College’s 750th anniversary celebrations. It promises to be an exciting day of intimate presentations, discussions, and live performance – all in the beautiful surrounds of Holywell Manor, Balliol’s graduate complex. Some of the high profile speakers lined up include:
- The Earl of Gowrie PC - former Conservative Party cabinet minister, former chairman of Sotheby’s and the Arts Council of England
- Howard Marks - Writer, DJ and former drug baron
- Sir Nicholas Kenyon - Managing director of the Barbican Centre
This will be a rare opportunity for attendees to mingle with some of the UK’s leaders in politics, business, law and the arts in an informal setting. More details and a full list of speakers can be found at http://hmfestival.co.uk/. Tickets, at a student discount, are available on the site, and include a decadent buffet lunch and discounted drinks throughout the day.
Theatre Technician’s Prize
The Board of Management of the Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund will award a prize of around £150 for the best entry. Further details of the prizes are available from The University Drama Officer, Burton Taylor Theatre, Gloucester Street, Oxford OX1 2BN (telephone: 01865 791577, e-mail: email@example.com), to whom entries should be submitted.
The prize will be awarded for the best overall contribution made by a student of the University of Oxford to the technical and backstage aspects of student theatre. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae and a covering letter explaining why the applicant believes his or her technical contribution has been outstanding. The prize will be judged by the University Drama Officer and the technical staff of the Playhouse and the Burton Taylor Theatre. Previous winners of the prize are not eligible to apply. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday of 8th Week Trinity Term.
Oxford Film Fund
The Oxford Film Fund page is now up and running! Please Like the page for updates on all things film in Oxford. Moreover, you can message the page if there is anything you would like to promote or share in relation to film at Oxford.
The Oxford Film Fund (OFF), originally known as the Illyria Film Fund, is Oxford University’s first film funding body.We provide equipment so that student’s can make films.
Please also subscribe to the mailing list for crew callouts, answers to your technical questions, and information on Oxford Film Fund activities.
Oxford Fashion Society
Calling all Producers and Marketing Managers…
Does your play have fashion credentials? Beautiful costumes? A period setting? Or a fashionable launch party event? If so, Oxford Fashion Society would love to hear from you!
We’re interested in interviewing designers, posting dress rehearsal photographs to our popular blog and other collaborative ventures.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch and find out more.
Are you a budding playwright, director or actor at Oxford? Do you just want to experiment with character or even just want to see what the Oxford writing scene has to offer? PLAYS ROUGH is a group for playwrights to have sections of their work read out or performed in a friendly and informal environment, followed by critical feedback and discussion. Writers can experiment with their work without having to commit to a fully-staged production, and it’s also an opportunity for actors and directors to play around with different kinds of roles and dialogue without the pressure of an audience. If you’re interested in theatre, please come along!
Please email email@example.com to be added to the mailing list.
Wadham Drama Society
Wadham Drama Society is a new, exciting society open to all students at the university. We run workshops, talks, and will be putting on a number of productions this year. We always welcome new members, so if you’re a budding actor, director, producer, or if you love drama, come along to our workshops at 4pm every Friday in the Moser Theatre. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on our mailing list, and we look forward to seeing you soon!