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Play! Arts Festival

Posted on 05/06/2012


On 4 June 2012, students in the English Department participated in Play!, a multi-disciplinary, one day micro-festival of the performing arts, lectures and film, developed in a partnership between The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, in Windsor and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Her Regime
triptych written and directed by PhD students in Poetic Practice working in collaboration with MA Poetic Practice students and including a Fluxus event exploiting the poetic writing process, a fluid performance event and a non harmonious video loop.

  • and Her I regime(all day Fluxus-style event)
    Director Becky Cremin
    A society in flux. A society under duress. A society offering a poly-experience. and Her I regime is a participatory event exploring the process of production and performance. and Her I regime seeks to exploit the work force as they take part in a durational performance, moving through process towards product. and Her I regime is 52 rules. and Her I regime is voice on voice. and Her I regime is pen on paper. and Her I regime is a meta-movement.
  • and Her II regime(one-hour performance)
    Director:  Pruden
    ce Chamberlain
    A society is created through a collaborative script-writing process.  The performer of this Utopia/Dystopia/Topia is determined by a shuffle of the cards, in which each participant will convey to an audience the hand they have been dealt within their own constructed microcosm.
  • and her III regime (all day continuous film loop in micro-gallery)
    Director:  Nisha Ramayya
    The cosmic regime: a microcosm-macrocosm is created and maintained. We attempt to find balance between the 4 elements through poetic rituals, but the structures are illusory. No sooner is harmony achieved in a brief video-poem, than it is upset by a scene change, a new rule. 52 video-poems caught in a loop, the cyclic trap of poetic creativity, strife, and decline.

Speakers’ Corner
An hour filled with performances of written work across a range of genres including  poetry, fiction, playwriting and more from BA Creative Writing students at Royal Holloway.

From Euripides’ The Trojan Women  to Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale: some of the oldest , most resonant stories from classical mythology are given a thoroughly contemporary twist by the third year English/ Drama Joint Honours students at Royal Holloway.  

Shakespeare, Page to Stage
One hour; four extraordinary plays. Royal Holloway’s second year English / Drama Joint Honours students give a late-night glimpse into the twisted worlds of King Lear, Richard II, Measure for Measure and Othello.


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