On the 26th and 27th November the Faculty of Arts hosted Visiting Professor John Hall. A poet, teacher and essayist, John is currently based at Falmouth University. He is most associated with Dartington College of Arts – where amongst others he worked with York St John staff Jules Dorey Richmond and Nathan Walker – and his leading role in the development of Performing Writing.
While here John witnessed and discussed Level 3 IPAR work in development and delivered a paper to theatre students on Performance Writing. He also delivered the keynote paper, titled ‘The idea of practice and its relation to research’, as part of Research Snapshots, the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Research Students’ Symposium. Two PhD students located within theatre, El Stannage and Cath Heinemeyer, also presented papers as part of this event.
Every year Level 1 Theatre Students brave the weather and head to Featherstone Castle in Northumbria for three-days of site-specific performance. This year students explored devised theatre by making live installations within the grounds and rooms of the historic castle. Students also participated in experimental workshops on concentration, vocal work and even midnight orientation. Here are a few images from this years field trip:
Second Year York St John Theatre student Chance Marshall alongside collaborator Maxy Neil Bianco was successfully awarded the commission by Random Acts films in partnership with Northern Film & Media and Channel 4, BALTIC (Gateshead).
Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, which launched in 2011. It enables a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own films, which are chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity.
Their film, PIG the DOG, will also be broadcast on Channel 4 this Autumn. PIG the DOG is a glimpse into the life of a strange lad called Del, who haunts the hinterlands of his home town (Hartlepool) with a pet dog, PIG. Spending days drifting and hunting a rare delicacy that thrives in the most unlikely of locations.