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Verge Festival brings together the work of the University of Warwick’s Theatre and Performance Studies final year students, celebrating cutting edge, experimental and evolving theatrical performances. Featuring a range of installations, live performances and new writing, there will also be the chance to experience more with post-performance panels and discussions.

For more information about each show, click here.

Date Time Event Venue
Wed 15 May 10 – 10.30am Mansculinity by Harvey Grant.
This exhibition is created by professor Man Sculinity, me. I will take you around some exhibition rooms highlighting my research into the art of masculinity within modern day media via a select few sources from film, television and theatre.
University of Warwick Library
Wed 15 May 10.45 – 11.15am Betrayed by my body by Ben Siviter.
An autobiographical performance exploring body dysmorphia and how it affects one’s perception of masculinity. The 10 minute piece will be an intimate experience shining light on how an eating disorder lead to the questioning of body image, sexuality and what it means to be a man in this day and age.
Helen Martin Studio
Wed 15 May 11.30am – 12pm Reframing Voluntourism in Africa by Jacinta Leathart.
This piece brings light to the complexities surrounding voluntourism as the narrative of it is brought to the surface. Starting by outlining the positives of Europeans volunteering overseas, the performance hears from someone who’s been told first-hand about all the ‘wonderful’ things that these people have ‘achieved’, their justifications, reasons and a plethora of pretexts…and how it’s just never resonated with her.
Studio
Wed 15 May 12.15 – 12.45pm At the Gate by Chloe Birnie and Nicole De Barra.
An insight into leading drama workshops within the walls of a male prison. We will be giving a talk with a power point presentation, giving an overview of our six weeks of workshops in HMP Hewell, as well as showing some of the work we did with the inmates and excerpts from their personal diaries that we gave them, in which they have written about their experience of the workshops and details about their everyday lives in Hewell.
Helen Martin Studio
Wed 15 May 1.45pm – 2.15pm Ravel by Eliza Tivadar, Theo Ioannou.
The Oresteia ended with the acquittal of Orestes. This was an acquittal that condemned Clytemnestra and all the women who transgressed for centuries to come. We meet Clytemnestra once again, more human than Aeschylus ever dared to portray her. Two thousand years later, together with the Furies who betrayed her, Clytemnestra asks if it is finally time to amend the decision of Areopagus and accept women who have the courage to transgress.
Studio
Wed 15 May 2.15pm – 3pm Apologies for the Incovenience by Luke Mott and Adam Oliver.
In an airport lounge in Budapest, seven people are anxiously waiting on their delayed flight. As tensions rise with annoyance and anger at their situation, friendships are formed within the group, as well as enemies. Character storylines interweave, relationships are torn apart and old ones begin to come alight once more. On top of this, the café doesn’t even offer tuna sandwiches.
Helen Martin Studio
Wed 15 May 3 – 3.30pm Panel Discussion
Panel surrouding Staging Masculinity featuring Ben, Chloe, Nicole, and Harvey
Helen Martin Studio
Wed 15 May 4 – 4.30pm Terrain by Alix Timberlake and Eliza Beresford
Terrain aims to interrogate what carving a feminine space in a man-made world means… You are invited into the woman’s bedroom, a sacred place for women to commune with the feminine, outside of the male gaze, where the processes of the female body can be unlimited by the restrictions of the public sphere. Throughout the space you will be exposed to the fertile ground that woman’s’ bedroom offers for sexuality, friendship, education and biology through the crafting of this instillation performance in the landscape of a man-made space.
Studio
Wed 15 May 4.45 – 5.15pm Drifting by Shaquira Lue.
This piece is a work which explores what components comprise our individual identity. It highlights the importance of the factors which make us individual, which can also connect us as a collective. It examines how an individual, finds belonging in comparison to another, what it means to have no belonging, and the social pressure of needing to discover this ‘belonging’ or ‘home’. The factors that make us who we are can sometimes be distorted, or vary on the person – why does this distortion have such a monumental effect on who we are?
Helen Martin Studio
Wed 15 May 5.30 – 6.15pm Searching for Quarks by Elliot Harris, James Dougan and Oscar Sadler.
He watches cartoons, reads comics and plays video games. He feels as if it’s a society in which he cannot be himself. Sat alone in his room at home, Searching for Quarks tells a self-discovery story of a lonely young man attempting to connect to the community which his furry fandom provides. In our rapidly developing technological world, maybe it’s time to not just dream our fantasies, but to live them.
Studio
Wed 15 May 7 – 7.30pm My World. My Mind. My Lens by Chloe Evans.
This installation seeks to allow the audience to experience the mind and world of a dyslexic. This journey shall take you through a sensory experience with audio and visual effects. There are many preconceptions and false truths that surround dyslexia. However, this project aims to help combat these presumptions by showing the truth of living with dyslexia and suggesting how we should all begin celebrating our differences.
Studio
Wed 15 May 7.45 – 8.15pm Panel Discussion Installation-Performance panel with Alix, Eliza, Chloe, Jacinta Helen Martin Studio
Wed 15 May 8.30 – 9.15pm Salmon of Alaska by Dillon Rix.
The turn of a new millennium has swept across our universe. But in Coventry, Luke and Eve tackle their own futures under the weight of their parents’ expectations. Surrounded by avenues of possibility, they bounce around a volatile Midlands landscape in the search of a new beginning. Meanwhile, missiles begin to congregate overhead… so our heroes sing and we dance. This is the sound of the city.
Studio
Thu 16 May 10 – 10.30am Mansculinity by Harvey Grant.
This exhibition is created by professor Man Sculinity, me. I will take you around some exhibition rooms highlighting my research into the art of masculinity within modern day media via a select few sources from film, television and theatre.
University of Warwick Library
Thu 16 May 10.45 – 11.15am Betrayed by my body by Ben Siviter.
An autobiographical performance exploring body dysmorphia and how it affects one’s perception of masculinity. The 10 minute piece will be an intimate experience shining light on how an eating disorder lead to the questioning of body image, sexuality and what it means to be a man in this day and age.
Helen Martin Studio
Thu 16 May 11.15 – 11.45am Reframing Voluntourism in Africa by Jacinta Leathart.
This piece brings light to the complexities surrounding voluntourism as the narrative of it is brought to the surface. Starting by outlining the positives of Europeans volunteering overseas, the performance hears from someone who’s been told first-hand about all the ‘wonderful’ things that these people have ‘achieved’, their justifications, reasons and a plethora of pretexts…and how it’s just never resonated with her.
Studio
Thu 16 May 12 – 8pm Poster Displays Creative Learning Space
Thu 16 May 12.15 – 1pm Illegal by Charlotte Tonks, The Pursuit of Happiness by James Radford and Untangling the Politics of Black Women’s Hair by Nia-cerise Conteh Helen Martin Studio
Thu 16 May 1.45 – 2.15pm Ravel by Eliza Tivadar, Theo Ioannou.
The Oresteia ended with the acquittal of Orestes. This was an acquittal that condemned Clytemnestra and all the women who transgressed for centuries to come. We meet Clytemnestra once again, more human than Aeschylus ever dared to portray her. Two thousand years later, together with the Furies who betrayed her, Clytemnestra asks if it is finally time to amend the decision of Areopagus and accept women who have the courage to transgress.
Studio
Thu 16 May 2.15 – 2.45pm Selling Up by Annabelle Mastin-Lee
Jamie, an estate agent, has come to value Kieran and Isobel’s house in the historic city of St Albans. Little does he know that the couple are soon to be divorced and are selling the house to start their new lives separately. With tension and awkwardness building throughout, the dysfunctional couple take Jamie on a tour of the house so he can make an accurate valuation. An audio play.
Helen Martin Studio
Thu 16 May 3 – 3.30pm Panel Discussion
Films Panel with Charlotte Tonks, James Radford, Nia-Cerise Conteh
Helen Martin Studio
Thu 16 May 4 – 4.30pm Terrain by Alix Timberlake and Eliza Beresford
Terrain aims to interrogate what carving a feminine space in a man-made world means… You are invited into the woman’s bedroom, a sacred place for women to commune with the feminine, outside of the male gaze, where the processes of the female body can be unlimited by the restrictions of the public sphere. Throughout the space you will be exposed to the fertile ground that woman’s’ bedroom offers for sexuality, friendship, education and biology through the crafting of this instillation performance in the landscape of a man-made space.
Studio
Thu 16 May 4.45 – 5.15pm Panel Discussion
Performances Panel with Dillon, Eliza, Theo, Eliot, James and Oscar
Helen Martin Studio
Thu 16 May 5.30 – 6.15pm Searching for Quarks by Elliot Harris, James Dougan and Oscar Sadler.
He watches cartoons, reads comics and plays video games. He feels as if it’s a society in which he cannot be himself. Sat alone in his room at home, Searching for Quarks tells a self-discovery story of a lonely young man attempting to connect to the community which his furry fandom provides. In our rapidly developing technological world, maybe it’s time to not just dream our fantasies, but to live them.
Studio
Thu 16 May 7 – 7.30pm My World. My Mind. My Lens by Chloe Evans.
This installation seeks to allow the audience to experience the mind and world of a dyslexic. This journey shall take you through a sensory experience with audio and visual effects. There are many preconceptions and false truths that surround dyslexia. However, this project aims to help combat these presumptions by showing the truth of living with dyslexia and suggesting how we should all begin celebrating our differences.
Studio
Thu 16 May 7.45 – 8.15pm Drifting by Shaquira Lue.
This piece is a work which explores what components comprise our individual identity. It highlights the importance of the factors which make us individual, which can also connect us as a collective. It examines how an individual, finds belonging in comparison to another, what it means to have no belonging, and the social pressure of needing to discover this ‘belonging’ or ‘home’. The factors that make us who we are can sometimes be distorted, or vary on the person – why does this distortion have such a monumental effect on who we are?
Helen Martin Studio
Thu 16 May 8.15 – 8.45pm Panel Discussion
This panel discusses New Writing and will feautre Adam, Luke, Annabelle, and Shaquira
Helen Martin Studio
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