Hello all, hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far!
I’ve made previous posts on what Edge Hill’s own wonderful Arts Centre offer to students and the surrounding public (these will be linked at the bottom of the post!), and although I’ve mentioned the Theatre Screenings briefly, I thought I’d provide a little more detail on these!
These screenings usually occur in the Studio Theatre, which has a huge projection screen; it’s like being at the movies! The screenings are streamed live from the best London theatres, and as they are filmed from several angles, you get to see theatre like you never have done before! I went to see Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, and what I loved about it was that there were some camera angles that I never would have seen unless I’d bought really expensive seats for the theatre it was filmed from.
There have been many screenings over the past 7 months I’ve spent at the University, and more are yet to come!
Coming up, there’s the Royal Shakespeare Company’s renditions of Julius Caeser and Antony and Cleopatra, and there’s also the National Theatre’s renditions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Twelfth Night and Angels in America (parts one and two are split between two nights). So lots of shows you might be interested in or want to see if you’ll enjoy! One of the best things about being a student is that if you sign up for the free Arts Centre membership you can get tickets to see these screenings for free! If you’re near Ormskirk and want to check out some of these screenings, click here to be taken to the webpage that will give you more details on dates and tickets!
Hello all, hope you’re having a good end to February.
I wanted to make sure you knew about one of- in my opinion at least- the best things about Edge Hill… The Arts Centre, Edge Hill’s own working theatre! Although the Arts Centre building is also a host for the Performing Arts courses, there are two wonderful theatres that offer shows galore: the Rose Theatre and the Studio Theatre.
I spoke with lovely Celia Wardle-Robinson and Gemma Roberts from the Arts Centre’s Box Office about what is on offer a short while ago so that you can get a better idea of just the kind of eclectic things are on offer for all students at Edge Hill- yes, all students! You don’t have to be on a Performing Arts course to take part in any of the events and shows put on at the Arts Centre!
The Arts Centre Box Office- the whos and the whats
The Box Office- the place where all the good stuff happens in the Arts Centre. This is the main port of call for anyone who wants tickets, brochures or a membership (click here for the post where I talk about this!). This is where you’ll be welcomed by Celia and Gemma, who have always been the most helpful people when I had any queries or wanted to book tickets. The Box Office staff are also the ones who ensure everyone is updated on shows that will be shown at Edge Hill, and coordinate with people such as the Campus Life crew to bring events such as the Open Mics, Talent Shows and Student Cook-Offs.
Open Mic Nights/Talent Shows
These are free events that take place within the Arts Centre Red Bar- the place pictured in-between the two posters above. Students are invited to show off their musical and non-musical talents at these nights in front of a great crowd of their friends. The atmosphere is always great, which makes it both fun to be in the audience and less nerve-wracking for those who want to perform.
What kind of shows are performed?
If you’re a fan of any type of theatre, you’ll find something you’ll enjoy!
Edge Hill has two student dance companies that often perform at the Arts Centre, and they’ll be performing before the James Wilton Dance company as their curtain-raiser for the show Leviathan on the 28th February. Leviathan is James Wilton’s re-imagining of the novel Moby Dick and features “a cast of seven, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work…”.
Another show that has just been performed by the company Reckless Sleepers was Negative Space- a humorous, and slightly strange 50 minute performance revolving around a very interesting set:
The set began as this perfect plasterboard box, with only the actress in the blue dress onstage, but ended battered, holey and with 6 very dusty looking performers onstage. I saw this show, and although there wasn’t a single word spoken, it was a brilliant performance! The slapstick elements of the ridiculous that occurred throughout kept the audience laughing, and the things that the performers did in destroying the set- such as pushing performers through the plasterboard or jumping through it themselves- kept shocking the audience too.
On the 6th February we were lucky enough to host an evening with Julie Atherton- if you are a fan of Musical Theatre, you might have heard her name before! Julie has performed in musicals such as Fame and Mamma Mia and was even a member of the company Avenue Q who make puppet shows with an adult twist.
She performed songs from her career and shared some of her favourite stories from along the way. Click the link below if you want to check out one of her songs:
If you’re just into music rather than theatre, we have nights for you too!
Above is the poster for the music event that was hosted last Saturday, which allowed students to see some really amazing bands! The line-up included Sex Swing- a band tipped to be one of the top 50 bands of this year-, Cavalier Song and Agathe Max.
So those are just some of the wonderful things that go on in the Arts Centre and within the Box Office! I’ve uploaded a blog post that I linked above on the FREE Arts Membership I’ll be uploading a post on other events such as the Free Film Friday the Arts Centre put on just for students and theatre and film screenings!
Most of the shows are open to the local public, but are priced at £5 for Edge Hill Students, one of the best things about the Arts Centre in my opinion, as I used to never attend theatre shows due to the prices at the bigger theatres around my area! If you have a membership, it’s free for you too! But more on that later… For now, here’s a link to the Arts Centre’s website and the online brochure so you can have a look at what else is on through to Summer- hey, if you live close, you could even come along to one of the shows!
It’s a cliché that students find themselves getting addicted to TV series when deadlines are looming. Unfortunately it’s a cliché that happens to be pretty accurate. Fortunately, I’m an enabler, so I’ll help you out a bit.
Before I was a student I didn’t really think that I enjoyed television shows. I only realised how much I really did like TV shows when I was sitting at my laptop with a stack of essays to write. Below are my seven favourites, in no particular order:
Everything that you’ve heard about Breaking Bad is true. It’s clever, it’s addictive and it’s the perfect combination of dark and witty. If you haven’t seen it yet make sure that you do!
You may love it, you may hate it, but you need to watch American Horror Story. Each series is a different story with different characters, set in a different time, but with all the same actors. It’s bizarre and definitely not one to watch with your parents, but it’s definitely entertaining. Just be prepared; the show’s pretty terrifying, and the opening credits are ten times scarier!
Dexter is just brilliant throughout, although the first few series are the ones to get excited about. Any show that can make an audience empathise with a serial killer is onto something. Each series has a different gripping storyline. My favourite is definitely ‘The Ice Truck Killer’ storyline of the first series.
There’s just enough political satire in American Dad to make it count as revision for Politics students (probably). And it’s hilarious.
The same applies to Suits, but for law students. I feel like I’ve learned lots of legal lingo by watching it.
The Walking dead. Because… Zombies…
Surely a series of House is better than any medical degree? Okay, maybe not, but it’s brilliant, funny, incredibly clever, and in my opinion the best TV series ever to be made.
There’s so much to do during the uni term, but there’s also time to spend relaxing, and what better way to relax than to cuddle up in bed with a cup of coffee and a good TV series?