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The eightieth anniversary of Mary Watts's death in 2018 marks one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time, and ninety years since the Equal Franchise Act in 1928, which finally gave women the right to vote at age twenty-one on the same terms as men. To coincide with this significant anniversary we will present a display titled 'Mary…Find out more »
Hollie McNish is a published UK poet based between London, Cambridge and Glasgow. She has two previous poetry collections – Cherry Pie and Papers and an album, Versus, which made her the first poet to record at Abbey Road Studios, London. In February 2016, Blackfriars published her memoir of poetry and parenthood, Nobody Told Me, with which she won the Ted Hughes award. Her latest poetry collection, Plum, is published by Picador. Plum, Hollie’s debut for Picador Poetry, is a…Find out more »
A National Treasure, Anton Du Beke is one of the most instantly recognisable dancer today, best known for his role in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. As part of Guildford Book Festival, he visits the Theatre for an evening In Conversation with Anton Du Beke (Sunday 14 October), to speak about his debut novel, One Enchanted Evening, set around a London hotel ballroom in the lead up to World War II, as well as his time on the widely popular…Find out more »
Peter Shaffer explored farce and epic tragedy in his writing. One of the foremost dramatists of our time, he repeatedly wrestled with his ordered puritanical side and his anarchic tendencies. His plays reflect these two elements of his personality. We will look at some of his texts and read extracts from The Royal Hunt of the Sun, which stunned audiences in its first performances. Shaffer wished he could be more like some of his characters and ‘live in the moment…Find out more »
Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the subsequent television series ensuring the detective’s legendary status. Now, alongside award-winning playwright Rona Munro, Ian Rankin is bringing his beloved creation to the stage for the very first time. Charles Lawson stars as Detective Inspector John Rebus in Rebus: Long Shadows (Monday 19 – Saturday 24 November). Ticket Info: Variable, please call box office or visit the website. Box Office: 01483 44 00 00 Website: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk Times are…Find out more »
It’s 200 years since the 18-year-old Mary Shelley ‘dreamt’ up her novel Frankenstein. Considered by some as the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein has inspired numerous films and was a stand-out production at the National Theatre in 2011. We will explore the themes and ideas embedded in this ever- popular novel. Ideally you should have read the novel before the course, and please bring along a copy.Find out more »