Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Exciting new projects at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, has close ties with our School of Humanities. English Literature students are treated to a special tour of the theatre as part of their Induction week project (read all about it here ); many students develop a passion for the theatre and we hope that the visit heralds three years of drama study and  playgoing. Creative Writing students too have collaborated with the theatre in staging their work.

This year, the Everyman has joined forces with the  Touring Consortium Theatre Company for a series of plays, including Brassed Off, Regeneration and To Sir, With Love, and a new joint venture, the TCTC/Everyman Theatre Ambassadors Scheme. The aim is to introduce new audiences to theatre in Gloucestershire. Schools, young people and others interested in drama can get involved in local activities, and the National Writing Competition, via the upcoming platform Theatre Cloud.

To launch this new partnership, the Everyman hosted a successful launch event in the Studio Theatre this week. It was a great opportunity for theatre staff to mingle with local theatre-goers and teachers.  The TCTC previewed their upcoming production of The Cole Porter Songbook. If Cole Porter's songs are unfamiliar to you, go to the show and learn about one of the greatest songwriters of the twentieth century. Great fun, great music, and the Company posed graciously (and exclusively) for our blog:

Special thanks to the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, and to the Everyman Cheltenham.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Busy June

The exam and award boards may be over, and Wimbledon's almost finished, but the university's work continues. Recruitment and outreach events take place throughout the year. We had Open Days on June 6 and 22, and met lots of very nice people. June 6 was on the quiet side, as expected around A level exam time;* but at the English Literature subject talk on June22 it was standing room only. Our thanks go out to our visitors, prospective students, their families and friends. We hope we'll see you in September.

It wasn't really sunny and warm at the Open Days. This is s stock photo.

Also in June, sixth-formers from the Cotswold School, who joined us for our first English Literature Sixth-Form conference back in March,  returned to   Francis Close Hall  for a study day on research and library skills. The Humanities Subject Librarian, Mrs Rachel Reid, ran a workshop designed to introduce A-level students to the concept and academic practice of using secondary sources ibn their work - an essential tool for degree-level study.

*Special thanks to Matt Butcher BA (Hons), Amy Hall BA (Hons) and Mike Jordan BA (Hons), our student colleagues at the year's Open and Applicant Days.