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Evocative Objects: the Materialities of Amateur Dramatics

Added on by Helen Nicholson.

Post written by: Erin Walcon

We're thrilled to announce that we're hosting two events in June as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Festival.  These events are called:

Evocative Objects: the Materialities of Amateur Dramatics 

Calling all amateur dramatics enthusiasts, historians, box office volunteers, board members, ushers, chorus members and performers! Fancy a chance to meet other amateur society members, to be filmed and interviewed about your society, and to learn more about the first major research project into amateur dramatics in the UK? Join us for a free workshop day on 16th or 27th of June. 

Evocative Objects workshops will be held over two dates in two locations:

  • Tuesday 16 June (11am - 4pm) Questors Theatre, London W5 5BQ. Book your free place HERE
  • Saturday 27 June (11am - 4pm)The Swan Theatre, Worcester WR1 3ED.  Book your free place HERE

The only requirement is that you have to bring an object with you that captures a story (or stories) from your amateur society. This could be:

  • a pair of tweed trousers with the hem let down four times
  • a chipped teacup that has been used in 13 different productions
  • a framed photograph (signed) of the member of the company who ‘made it big’
  • a single torn page from a script highlighted in pink with scribbled notes in the margins
  • a crumpled sheet of red gel
  • a pint glass from the bar
  • a ripped ticket stub from your last show

What will we do? Over a morning workshop and a lunch, we will come together and share our stories and objects.  You will meet other people from other amateur societies and talk about the ways in which you archive and capture your organisation’s history.  Stories will be recorded and written down in small workshop settings, and at the end of the day, the narratives will be compiled into a final album which we’ll share with you and the larger amateur sector.  

 Any questions about the events can be directed to E.C.Walcon@exeter.ac.uk.  

Twitter ID - @amateurdrama

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