Past debates

Catch-up with some of our past events below.

Are the arts still 'male, pale and stale'?

Sunday 17 May 2015

The arts are influenced by culture, but they can also create change in that culture. Creative people live and work within the society which they also question and examine.

As we opened our new season of plays, programmed around the idea of the 'outsider', we discussed whether our society is accurately represented in our cultural scene. Are the arts in Britain questioning the status quo, and how?

Erica Whyman is joined by Kerry Michael (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Amerah Saleh (spoken word artist), Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre Company) and Susan Stockwell (contemporary artist).

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Reporting War

Saturday 3 October 2015

Director Erica Whyman chairs a panel discussion on the relationship between Hecuba, Greek drama and contemporary reporting of war, terrorism and attrocities. She is joined by playwright Marina Carr, Fiona Macintosh (Professor of Classical Reception at St Hilda's College, Oxford and Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama) and BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner.

King & Country: Richard II

Saturday 16 January 2016

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown'
Henry IV Part II, Act III, Scene I

Jonathan Slinger (Richard II, RSC, 2007) and David Tennant (Richard II, RSC, 2013 & 2016) join Emma Smith (Oxford University) to discuss Shakespeare's portrayal of Richard II, his approach to leadership and, having both played it, their personal views of the character.