On Friday 15th January in Quad South Hall – MA Theatre and Performance students, Charlotte Goodlad, Simon Bedwell, Yanzhe Zhao and Jess Chaney, presented Billy is Writing as part of their Collaborations and Commissions module convened by Dr. Eirini Nedelkopoulou. The piece developed through a series of workshops which further explored issues of critical engagement, creative collaboration and audience participation.
Billy is Writing is a collaborative project, which experiments with different modes of audience interaction. Inspired by the story Macbeth, the four makers offer a post-dramatic retelling of the Shakespearean play. The show utilised digital technologies to allow audiences to navigate through the performance narrative using a handheld device. Audience members could decide upon the sequence of the performance ‘acts’ and alter the overall shape of the production.
Performance Fields is a new festival celebrating the MA in Theatre and Performance at York St John University. This year we have performances by MA graduating students Lawrence Crawford & Kiran Tanna, live performance by Nathan Walker, a performance lecture by Dr Carl Lavery & Lee Hassall & Artist in Residence Ella Finer
Students from Masters programmes in Applied Theatre, Music Composition and Theatre & Performance spent the weekend of the 21st and 22nd Sept in the Yorkshire Dales on the 4th MA Away Weekend.
The weekends are a chance for postgraduate students from different disciplines to meet and work together in the barn, field and hillside and away from studio or seminar room. We engaged in long walks, hard thoughts, endless conversation and good food.