Arts Showcase

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The Library’s Leisure Reading initiative and Student Book Club will be represented on Wednesday (17th February) at a special showcase being held by the School of the Arts, English and Drama down at Martin Hall and the Shirley Pearce Square.

Other events to look forward to at the Arts Showcase will include live performances from the Stage Society, creative workshops, spoken word performances and open mic slots.

On the hour, between 11am and 1pm, members of the Stage Society will be giving a whistle-stop tour of this year’s productions with three shows in 15 minutes.

The School’s Creative Writing Group will be leading 15 minute informal drop-in workshops at quarter past the hour, providing a taste of what creative writing at Loughborough is like.

In association with the Speech Bubble, the Students’ Union biannual spoken word event, students and staff will be presenting their own creative work at half past each hour.

Finally, open mic slots will be available in five three-minute intervals per hour for willing attendees share their work.

Information on many other arts-based projects on campus will also be available on the day. These include representatives from Flix (the University’s student-run cinema), LU Arts, The Student Wordsmith and the School’s own student-led publishing company, Lamplight Press.

The Arts Showcase will take place 11am-2pm at Shirley Pearce Square.

Drama Online Database Trial – New Content Added

drama-online-logo1A new module, Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen, has been made available to access as an additional part of the trial we’re running of the Drama Online database which we launched earlier this month.

Experience the magic of live theatre from the world’s most famous stage. Watch stunning Shakespeare and early modern films, recorded live on stage in high definition and surround sound, including award-winning performances, critically acclaimed productions and leading actors including Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.

The trial has been extended to run until 21st January. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial and it would be very helpful if you are able to comment on each module.  Please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk

Database Trial – Routledge Performance Archive

Logo_Routledge-Publishers_US-2We’re currently trialling another database from the Routledge Publishing stable, The Routledge Performance Archive, a developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance.

This ground-breaking and constantly growing online collection delivers essential resources direct to the classroom, lecture theatre and library, and provides unlimited opportunities to explore themes, make linkages, and discover new approaches, including the following features:

  • Watch exclusive videos from practitioners’  own archives
  • Listen to unique audio material
  • Read first-hand accounts, authoritative definitions and contextualising commentary
  • Make connections across many decades of theatre-making
  • Construct maps, timelines and genealogies
  • Explore themes and ideas about performance practice
  • Discover practitioners, methods, styles of work
  • Identify influences and approaches
  • Compare cultures and eras.

The fully searchable and cross-referenced content will be updated each quarter, with exciting additions coming soon from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Video Archive of Performance Recordings, and the British Library’s Experimental Theatre and Live Art Collection.

To begin using the Routledge Performance Archive please go to http://www.routledgeperformancearchive.com – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The trial will end on December 18th 2015.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk with your comments.

Database Trial – Drama Online

drama-online-logo1Between now and the New Year we’re running a trial of Drama Online, a resource that should be of great interest to English & Drama students as well as anyone interested in dramatic and performance arts.

Over 1000 plays by new writers as well as iconic names feature on this ground-breaking digital resource which provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.  The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. The unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

The trial includes the following modules:

LA Theatre Works

Over 300 audio recordings of thought provoking drama from canonical texts such as Caryl Churchill’s literary classics such as Twelve Angry Men, iconic modern works from the oeuvre of leading American playwrights including Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill; Pulitzer Prize-winning titles such as Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and contemporary works such as Lucy Prebble’s Enron.  The audio plays are of the highest quality and feature leading actors such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis and hundreds more.

Nick Hern Books

The Nick Hern Play Collections features over 350 plays from one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre publishers.  The collection will feature important works from Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright.

To begin using Drama Online please go to http://dramaonlinelibrary.com – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The trial will end on January 10th 2016. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial and it would be very helpful if you are able to comment on each module.  Please contact Steve Corn s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk

Speech Bubble Returns

1958199_531061097007542_1135064194_nSpeech Bubble, Loughborough University Arts’ popular open-mic spoken word event, returns to the Student Union on Monday 1st December.

Headlining the evening will be cult performance poet and musician Attila the Stockbroker, supported, as always on Speech Bubble nights, by the very finest student wordsmiths that campus can offer.

The night kicks off at 7.30pm in the Cognito Bar in the SU Building. Admission is free to students and £3 for visitors.

Watch National Theatre Live With Flix

1089Want to watch award-winning theatre live but not willing to pay the full cost of a ticket and a train fare to London? Then Flix, Loughborough Student Union’s own film society, has the answer for you!

The Society have recently installed a LANsat media reciever at the Cope Building which will allow live events from around the world to be broadcast at the Cope Auditorium, beginning this autumn with a season of drama direct from the National Theatre.

First up this September the Young Vic company takes on Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire, which will be broadcasted live from London. The piece tells the story of Blanche DuBois, whose fragile world is crumbling when she turns to her sister Stella for solace. But her downward spiral brings her face to face with Stella’s husband, the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski.

Starring Gillian Anderson (of The X-Files fame) and directed by Critics’ Circle Award winning director Benedict Taylor, A Streetcar Named Desire will be shown at the Cope Auditorium on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm. Tickets cost £10.

For further details of this and the rest of the NT Live programme to be shown over the coming year, visit the LU Arts calendar page here:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/calendar/whats_on/

Where There's A Will…

shakespeare by tonynetoneFittingly for World Book Night, today marks the 450th birthday of the world’s most famous writer, William Shakespeare (1564-1616).

His work, which includes 38 plays and 154 sonnets, has been translated into virtually every conceivable language, is studied comprehensively in schools, colleges and universities and is performed daily in theatres around the globe. He’s often considered to be Britain’s greatest cultural export, and his influence on modern drama and literature is beyond description – so I won’t attempt it!

Within our own “quick forge and working-house of thought” we have a wealth of Shakespeare related books and resources, including copies of all his works, along with famous adaptations of work on DVD. We also have access to the British Universities Film & Video Council‘s exemplary online Shakespeare resource, an authoritative  database of Shakespeare-related content in film, television, radio and video recordings which currently holds nearly 8,000 records dating from the 1890s to the present day. To read or to view, that is the question…!

Shakespeare portrait by tonynetone, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Database Trials – Drama Online & Digital Theatre Plus

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We’re currently trialling two new electronic resources that should prove of vast interest to students of English & Drama, or indeed anyone with an interest in theatre and the dramatic arts.

The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside some of the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. This constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. The databases’ unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

To begin using Drama Online please go to www.http://dramaonlinelibrary.com – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN. This trial will end on April 13th 2014.

On a similar theme, we’re also trialling Digital Theatre Plus, which is the home of unique films of leading British theatre productions for schools, colleges and universities and represents a bold new approach to experiencing and learning about theatre online.

To try this database out, visit www.digitaltheatreplus.com. This trial is active only until 27th January 2014.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – about either or both of these trials, so please contact Steve Corn (s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk) with your comments.

Shakespeare, Globe to Globe

William Shakespeare would have celebrated his 448th birthday on Monday, and doubtless he’d be pleased to know that his work continues to live on into the next millenium. And to further mark this fact, the Royal Shakespeare Company this week launched a new festival celebrating the Bard’s works.

The World Shakespeare Festival is a collaboration between the RSC and over 50 over companies joining together around the world to put together almost 70 productions and a multitude of other special events and exhibitions, including Globe to Globe, a nation-wide touring production during which all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays will be performed in 37 different languages!

But you don’t have to go too far to sample the Bard’s work – the Library has a vast amount of literature by and about Shakespeare, both on our shelves and electronically. Databases such as Literature Online (LION), the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), the Theatre Archives Project and the Theatre Information Group in particular afford a wealth of information.

To find out more about the festival, visit their website here.

William Shakespeare portrait copyright Books18, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Database in Focus: Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

The Library’s next Database in Focus session takes place next Wednesday 18th May from 10.00AM until 11.00AM in Library Training Room 1, and the database under the microscope on this occasion is the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Described by its publisher as “the definitive record of the English language”, the OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find these in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

English & Drama students should find this session of particular interest, as should anyone with an interest in the history of the English language in general.

To book to attend this session:

Staff – either through Staff Development’s booking system, or turn up on the day.

Students – no need to book, just turn up on the day.

See you there!