SILENT WOMEN – An evening celebrating women in silent film
The Kennington Bioscope are hosting a launch event at The Cinema Museum to celebrate the launch of our new book Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema.
Co-editors Melody Bridges & Cheryl Robson and other contributors will be in attendance to speak about their research behind their newly released book which showcases the women working behind the camera during the silent film era.
They will also be screening Shoes (1916) directed by Lois Weber, as well as number of short films by Alice Guy-Blache, Anita Loos amongst others.
Wednesday 10 February, 7.30pm at The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH (nearest station Kennington)
Tickets are £4 and can be booked via The Kennington Bioscope website
At the Playhouse, Durban
Ashwin Singh’s award-winning plays have made an indelible impact on the Durban cultural landscape over the last decade. Combining humour and pathos, his numerous works delve into myriad issues in contemporary South Africa and have moved mature, multi-cultural audiences as well as the younger generation. In recent years the playwright has acquired an international reputation as his work has been staged in India and published in the UK by Aurora Metro as Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice, Five South African Plays.
This one-day conference features readings from his plays Reoca Light and Beyond the Big Bangs.
The Conference Papers being delivered are:
Durban Dialogues, Indian Voice: A Critical Overview, by Dr Betty Govinden (UKZN; Dept of English)
Creative Agency as Critique in the Durban Dialogues, by Prof Priya Narismulu (UKZN; Dept of English)
Conflicts of Race and Gender: A Study of Plays by Ashwin Singh and Mahesh Dattani, by Prof Pranav Joshipura (Mahila College, Gujarat, India; Dept of English)
Voicing Identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Ashwin Singh’s Durban Perspective, by Ms Lee-Anne Naicker (DUT Drama and Production Studies) and Prof Bett Pacey (TUT Drama and Film Studies)
Ashwin Singh Egg or Chicken: A Writer/Director’s Recipe in Interviews and Analysis, by Prof Deborah Lutge (DUT Drama and Production Studies)
Inigo playwright Jonathan Moore in conversation with Mark Lawson at the London School of Economics Literary Fringe Festival.
Mark Lawson will be interviewing Jonathan Moore about his much admired play Inigo, which vividly brings Ignatius of Loyola and the founding Jesuits of the sixteenth century to life for a contemporary audience. Moore’s bold depiction of Loyola as a counter cultural radical explores timely questions about the role of art and faith, the world of the imagination and creativity, in the fight for change.
Tuesday 16 February, 6pm at Faith Centre, 2nd Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
This is FREE event, but tickets must be booked on the LSE website.
London, 1970. Experimental psychiatrist R.D. Laing is facing eviction from his pioneering asylum in the East End’s Kingsley Hall. Local residents are up in arms – and to make matters worse, Ronnie’s revolutionary colleague David Cooper is flipping out on the roof…
With his personal life going down the pan and his mental state heading the same way, Ronnie takes an acid trip to the future. His mission is to save his therapeutic collective The Philadelphia Association, and secure his professional legacy. Will it be a one-way ticket to madness – or can breakdown sometimes mean breakthrough?
Alan Cox plays Ronnie Laing in this provocative, freewheeling comedy by the acclaimed playwright and journalist Patrick Marmion.
Avi Sirlin author of the historical novel The Evolutionist about Alfred Russel Wallace has been speaking at Festivals in Bali and Singapore.
At the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Oct 28-Nov 1, 2015) Avi took part in two panel discussions and gave a talk about Wallace. Pictured here with (from left to right) Isa Kumari (Singaporean writer), Amanda Curtin (Australian writer), Avi Sirlin, and Tory Louden (moderator).
At the Singapore Writers Festival (Nov 6-8, 2015) Avi was paired with Dylan Jones in a panel deconstructing the cult of personality, and writing historical fiction. Avi also found time to visit the Singapore Science Centre to see the Alfred Wallace exhibit.
During the day six different speakers from the world of Academia, Performing Arts and the Media will present four different sessions, each adding to our knowledge of this struggle for equality and basic human rights for women.
Their talks will also celebrate the energy, special gifts and determination of inspirational women from all ages and countries who have made their mark in the struggle for the rights of the individual.
Tickets £14 (Friends/Students £10)
Following an introduction by Maureen Wright (University of Chichester) and Abha Thakor (Women’s Political Rights Research Project) on the Rise of the Suffragette form 1880-1918, Aurora Metro authors will be talking about women in the arts during and after this period.
Susan Croft, co-author of Aurora Metro’s Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, and editor of play collection Votes for Women will be talking on the involvement of actresses, playwrights, directors and other theatre personnel in producing theatre pieces in support of the movement.
Irene Cockroft, co-author of Aurora Metro’s Art Theatre and Women’s Suffrage, will be talking about suffrage artist and art-enameller Ernestine Mills, and other artists of the period.
Melody Bridges, editor and contributor of forthcoming Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema, and Ellen Cheshire (contributor) will be sharing the stories of some of the women who were working in the early days of cinema.