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Play! Festival 2018

  • Date 29 - 31 May 2018
  • Time See programme of events
  • Category Music and performance

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The Arts of Democracy

Tuesday 29 May – Thursday 31 June 2018

In the centenary year of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which for the first time gave some women and all men the vote, the 2018 Play! Festival had “The Arts of Democracy” as a theme, encouraging participants to think creatively about how the arts and democracy intersect.

Play! Festival 2018 was part of Suffrage in Egham, a joint project between Royal Holloway and Egham Museum, supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Play! 2018 programme of events

The 2018 programme of events was as follows:

Tuesday 29 May

Event  

Anemi quartet

Join four talented students from various backgrounds exploring and celebrating different folk traditions, including Mediterranean, Chinese, European and 'art music' traditions.

“It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting”: Artists in discussion

In discussion with award-winning artists – how do they perceive they are counted? This panel will cover issues of equal representation in the arts and democratic problems that artists face today.

A single reed showcase

Welcoming one and all to an entertaining concert by the talent of both the Royal Holloway Claritones and Saxophone quartet. Enjoy some great new pieces and each group's unique performance!

Poulenc and Smyth’s Democracy

Come and listen to the inspiring pieces by two composers: Ethel Smythe and Francis Poulenc. Brass Trio and Strings Quartet will perform the two composer's Arts of Democracy.

‘One of us will be a Queen?’ – Politics of class and gender in ‘The Gondoliers’ by Gilbert and Sullivan

Join Savoy Opera Society as we sing the satirical songs from ‘The Gondoliers’ ridiculing social, cultural and political structure of late Victorian time, which are sadly still present today.

Mexican Echoes of Social Equality

A great opportunity to know how Mexican composers portrayed principles of social equality through their piano music production around the creation of the 1917 Constitution and the Mexican Revolution.

International music feast

The International Music Feast celebrates Royal Holloway’s cultural diversity through sharing a wonderful array of food and music. To attend you must bring along food to share and book in advance - there is no other charge.

We warmly invite you to cook food from a cultural tradition familiar to you and to bring it along for others to share and enjoy. Why not cook with a team of friends who also know about these dishes? We already have an exciting array of international music lined up, but welcome additional performance suggestions. Please contact h.stobart@royalholloway.ac.uk, if you would like to offer a musical or theatrical contribution. Drinks will be provided and there will be opportunities for dancing.

Wednesday 30 May
Event  

The Taming of the Shrew

An abridged version of Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy set in the roaring 20s explores the relationship between Kate, the titular shrew and Petruchio. ‘Will he woo this wildcat?’

Lets dance! By name

Let’s Dance! is a celebration of what dance can be once we allow dance to move beyond choreography to be movement itself. The company explores the form Post-Dance with raves, still frames, learning to fly and cornflakes.

Anemi quartet

Join four talented students from various backgrounds exploring and celebrating different folk traditions, including Mediterranean, Chinese, European and 'art music' traditions.

A World Turned Upside Down: Men’s Fight for Male Suffrage

What would it be like if women had the vote and men were fighting for the vote? Imagine no more, in this performance the gender roles have been turned upside-down.

‘One of us will be a Queen?’ – Politics of class and gender in ‘The Gondoliers’ by Gilbert and Sullivan

Join Savoy Opera Society as we sing the satirical songs from ‘The Gondoliers’ ridiculing social, cultural and political structure of late Victorian time, which are sadly still present today.

PLAY! Festival Orchestra / Skog, Tailleferre & Rachmaninoff

Both our Director of Orchestras Rebecca Miller and Assistant Conductor Claire Clyne join ‘batons’ as they journey across the globe with an evening of orchestral delights with Ylva Skog’s. They Call Her Love, Tailleferre’s Harp Concertino (with Guest Harpist, Alex Rider) and Rachmaninoff’s mighty Symphonic Dances.

This performance will be in the Windsor Auditorium.

Thursday 31 May
Event  

Anemi quartet

Join four talented students from various backgrounds exploring and celebrating different folk traditions

New Music collective

After their acclaimed performance of Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic at PLAY! 2017, the Royal Holloway New Music Collective are back with a programme featuring home-grown talent by an all-female line-up

Staging suffrage

Experience the lives and legacies of those involved in the women's suffrage movement in this trail of discovery around the Emily Wilding Davison Library, featuring actors from the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance.

‘One of us will be a Queen?’ – Politics of class and gender in ‘The Gondoliers’ by Gilbert and Sullivan

Join Savoy Opera Society as we sing the satirical songs from ‘The Gondoliers’ ridiculing social, cultural and political structure of late Victorian time, which are sadly still present today.

A World Turned Upside Down: Men’s Fight for Male Suffrage

What would it be like if women had the vote and men were fighting for the vote? Imagine no more, in this performance the gender roles have been turned upside-down.

Emancipated sound

Claire Clyne will lead the students from Department of Music, contrasting the harmony from the nineteenth century and true emancipation of sound emerged in the twentieth century.

The Taming of the Shrew

An abridged version of Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy set in the roaring 20s explores the relationship between Kate, the titular shrew and Petruchio. ‘Will he woo this wildcat?’

Luciform Sinfonietta presents: Appalachian Spring

Aaron Copland’s magically intimate Appalachian Spring comes alive again this summer in the Boilerhouse – a timelessly resonant work of shared emotion and community

‘Make More Noise’

An attractive programme with sound and music recreated to invoke the Victorian era - suffragette comedies, shot films by women film pioneers, and a news reel about an alleged suffragette crime.

 

All enquiries about the Festival should be addressed to the Play! Festival Administrator by email: play@royalholloway.ac.uk

 

About Play!

Play! is Royal Holloway's annual festival of culture showcasing music, theatre, creative writing, film, art and more, created and performed by Royal Holloway students and staff. Play! is delivered by the Royal Holloway Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.

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