Senior Lecturer in Theatre Nathan Walker has a new book of poetic performance instructions published by Manchester based poetry press IF P THEN Q. The book ‘Action Score Generator’ is an exploration of performance writing, performance scores and poetry.
The annual performance writing trip to Scarborough for textual tasks, writerly encounters and language games influenced by site-specific processes and performance practices that investigate how we write, inscribe, document, underline and spell Scarborough the sea side town.
Theatre Students organised a Valentines Soiree to test out material, read, sing and perform excerpt from their upcoming performances. The work presented demonstrated an exciting approach to all kinds of writing and making that happens on the Theatre programme at York St John and was organised by Students from Level 2 and 3.
The Soiree model has been taken up by students and developed from the Level 1 Module ‘An Introduction to Performance Writing’ where students perform writing from the module in an open-mic format.
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.
In an abandoned space where nobody goes, three performers stand silently on stage, anticipating an audience. They’re ill rehearsed, they can’t find the words, and though they’re not ready to show, it must go on.
Tick-tock goes the clock. We’re sorry. So very, very sorry. Ladies and Gentlemen…’Three'”
Thursday 19th September 2012
2:00pm in Theatre 1
Written by Level 2 Students Benjamin Rosenfield, Charlotte Goodlad and Jonathan Curd. Performed by Mikhail Lim, Charlotte Goodlad and Jonathan Curd. ‘Three’ Combining the influences of Samuel Beckett, the Rat Pack and Dr. Suess, ‘Three’ is an intertextual performance that plays with the nonsensical phono-aesthetics of every-day language and 1950’s pop culture.