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The CAPITAL Carnival


On 12 and 13th May 2007 the CAPITAL Centre held a two-day festival of student drama, workshops, performances and discussions to celebrate the opening of its new premises at Millburn House which provides a performance studio, rehearsal room, writers' room, IT and AV faclities and workspace for postgraduate students and stafff including CAPITAL's Fellows in Creativity and Performance and the RSC\Warwick International Playwright in Residence. By October 2008 CAPITAL will be joined there by Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, History of Art, and Film and Television Studies, making Millburn House the focus of the University for the study of the creative arts.

 Saturday 12th May

10am-1pm Open rehearsals for Love's Labour's Won, written by Jan Sewell and Penny Freedman. Come along on the morning for the opportunity to read and rehearse this brand new play, described as 'a joyful romp', with direction from professional director Clare Smout. To be performed later the same day!

10.30am-11.30am Paint, Putty & Pastiche: Brenda Leedham, Head of Wigs and Make-up at the RSC, demonstrates how with the help of paint, putty and pastiche, she and her team are able to transform actors into the characters they play on stage.

Rhymes with Egg Bad: Heaps of musical fun with Peter Blegvad and readings from the Heaventree Press.

Love of The Nightingale - WUDS' production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's masterpiece returns for one performance only by popular demand after its successful run in the Arts Centre.

The MA Review - Readings from the latest work of Warwick writing MA students.

Queen Of The Whores - a new and challenging theatrical work tackling the unspoken truths of prostitution.

 Two Stories - Students from the MA in Drama and Education present two dramatic retellings of popular tales, with Three Little Wolves and a Big Bad Pig at 2pm and Sweetheart Roland at 2.30pm.

Tapfactory Type-O-Thon: Campus arts magazine Tapfactory invites you to the launch of their prose writing competition.

Gregory Award-winning poet Luke Kennard reads from his new book The Harbour Beyond The Movie in the Writer's Room.

Little Thorns: Peter Cant presents the first rehearsed reading of his new play, to be performed in WSAF. With special guest RSC associate actor Richard Pasco.

Matchbox Poetry: Join the poetry magazine for an afternoon of live readings, musical accompaniment and a Eurovision poetry contest.

Love's Labour's Won - Premiere of the rehearsed reading worked on during the day.

The Phil Brown Show- Calling upon the talents of Warwick's finest musicians, comedians and poets, this latest instalment promises to be the most ambitious yet.

Proteus - the first reading of Matt Armstrong's new play based on the Oresteia.

1623 Theatre Company - Acclaimed theatre company '1623' return to Warwick to perform their latest show.

In My Own Words - an evening of performance poetry by guest poets including Roi Kwabena, Jane Holland, Shamshad Khan, Annouchka Bayley and Rob Gee.

Take Hold open mic event. Got a performance piece that you're dying to get on stage? Here's your chance! All welcome.

9pm-9.20pm Seneca Sounds musical mash-up. Electronic music and raving has always been a strong influence on Seneca's poetry, and his efforts in both mediums result in a similar 'strong voice'. Seneca and his angrier alter ego No Purpose provide a set of melodic bass-driven layered beats, ranging from poignant to terrifying...


10.30am-12noon Richard III - RSC assistant director Donnacadh O'Briain leads an interactive workshop session on Richard III.

Tales From Ovid - These stories, originally from Ovid's Metamorphoses, wind their way around the lives of Ted and Sylvia, and the myriad of mythical characters echo, translate and influence their unforgettable love story. Previously performed in the Cooler, returning for one performance only.

12NOON-1pm - The Opening Ceremony: RSC Associates Harriet Walter, Richard Pasco and Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Warwick Vice-Chancellor Nigel Thrift and CAPITAL Director Carol Chillington Rutter.

How To Write A Play - RSC/Warwick International Playwright in Residence, Adriano Shaplin, leads a workshop on playwriting techniques.

Beckett Shorts - Professional company Fail Better present two of Beckett's short plays, Rough For Theatre II and Ohio Impromptu .

Ensemble - Paul Allen chairs an RSC panel discussion on ensemble playing. The panel includes RSC Associate Director Deborah Shaw, directors Steve Marmion and Donnacadh O'Briain, Barrie Rutter of Northern Broadsides and playwright Adriano Shaplin.

African Music workshop - Warwick graduate Adam Glasser leads an interactive music workshop.

Northern Broadsides Double-Bill - Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter presents his workshop The Long Breath on speaking Shakespeare's language, while Assistant Director Conrad Nelson leads an interactive session on composing for Shakespeare.

Practising Theatre - Tim Supple, artistic director of Dash Arts and creator of the highly-acclaimed Indian production of A Midsummer Night's Dream currently playing in Stratford, leads a masterclass.

Finding Falstaff - Barrie Rutter and CAPITAL Fellow of Creativity Paul Allen present an interactive session on Shakespeare's best-loved character.

 Editing For Actors - Guest academic Tony Dawson, editor of the New Cambridge Troilus and Cressida, leads a session on approaches to editing plays for performance.

CAPITAL Fellow of Creativity Patrice Naiambana presents the culmination of a week spent at Warwick working with a group of students on 'Othello'.


An exhibition of photographs, curated by Harriet Walter: Infinite Variety.