What’s new from Theatre and Performance
Harry Ross and Helen O’Neill, curators of the festival, were invited to a discussion, chaired by Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, sharing industry insights on how festivals work and what makes a festival proposal stand out.
Following fascinating anecdotes on their work with the likes of Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema and the V&A Museum, the event continued with graduating students’ festival pitches. Based on a promoter’s fair format, the students presented their starting concepts for a full scale graduation showcase at the Shoreditch Town Hall in May.
Students received an informative crit from our invited guests, who will later commission one of them to produce a work for InTRANSIT 2017.
Last November, as part of Making a Living Week at The Cass, Theatre & Performance hosted a much anticipated visit by the Living Theatre, the longest running experimental theatre group in the US.
This unforgettable experience has now been documented with a video by Theatre & Film BA student, Sol Angelucci. The film features excerpts from the talk with Brad Burgess, newly appointed Artistic Director, and company members Monica Hunken and Equiano Mosiero, alongside the Living Theatre’s unique workshop, which saw students take part in a performance intervention on Holloway Road.
Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Senior Lecturer in Theatre & Performance, said: “It has been a huge privilege to host this important visit. The Living Theatre’s legacy has informed some of the most important developments in contemporary theatre as a tool for social change, now more relevant than ever. Their uncompromising ethos has been a vital source of inspiration for our students and we look forward to establishing an ongoing transatlantic partnership with this remarkable company”
You can watch the video on YouTube.