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Ensemble Programme

  • October-December 2009 BeckettLab: A workshop series based on a theatre laboratory, that explored the theatre of Samuel Beckett in relation to devising process and actor training.
  • January-March 2010 Performance Interventions: Three lectures in the Faculty of Arts were reinvented through performed extracts and practice-based research into set texts. During this period, the ensemble were rehearsing for the New Work Festival.
  • April – May 2010 New Work Festival: A work-in-progress festival, presenting student performance projects alongside the work of professional theatre artists. Visiting companies included the Oxford Youth Theatre and associates of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • May-June 2010 Networking: A training event for graduate students and early career academics, simulating an academic environment in which participants had to ‘network’, followed by a developmental workshop process.
  • September-December 2010 Discords (after Shakespeare): A rehearsal process in which the student ensemble devised the final version of the production and trained in the methods of the choreographer Laban.
  • January 2011 Fail Better Double-bill: A professional production in which the ensemble engaged with the real world experience of the touring theatre company; performances were attended by OSL project teams and participants from Psychiatry, Philosophy, English and Theatre Studies.
  • February 2011 Ensemble Training Day: A full day training the ensemble for applied theatre events across the university.
  • March 2011 Maths and Drama: Members of the student ensemble performed extracts from plays exploring mathematical knowledge leading into an enactive workshop.
  • March 2011 Clinical Skills Laboratory: A field trip observing the use of role play and simulation in medical education, as the first stage of our innovative project with Psychiatry.
  • May 2011 Workshop Facilitation: A training day for early career academics and higher educators, in which the ensemble performed a group of learners within a simulated classroom.
  • June 2011 Psychiatry and Performance: A series of readings for medical students and a creative exchange between two practice-based student groups, reconnecting the humanities with medicine.
  • July 2011 Teaching and Learning Showcase: A panel of five finalists, having experienced three years of ensemble praxis, reflect upon this experience at the end of their degrees. You can watch this presentation here.


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