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Roehampton Performance Festival

The University of Roehampton is presenting a season of drama, dance and literature events in May to the local community. The cultural events, many of which are free to attend, will take place on one of the University campuses in SW15. Highlights include Hopkins Celebrated with former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. Find out more.

Theatre enthusiasts can enjoy the Rope, a two-week festival of performance between 1-17 May, showcasing the extraordinary talents of students from one of the leading university departments in the UK. You will enjoy work written, devised, and performed by second and third year students on Theatre Production and Playwriting modules as part of their undergraduate degree. There is an interesting twist on the Alice in Wonderland tale, a play about the secret life of objects and much more. The future of theatre is right here so take advantage of this opportunity to see the upcoming talent.

On 1 May 2013 Hopkins Celebrated, a series of events in honour of Gerald Manley-Hopkins, will take place. For budding poets, there is an afternoon masterclass in which poet-in-residence Chris Hamilton-Emery, from Salt Publishing, will share tips on how to succeed in the world of poetry. The event entitled, The Business of Poetry, will offer practical guidance on how to sell and submit poetry. In the evening, Former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion will give the inaugural Hopkins lecture on Hopkins’ ways of looking and the Jesuit ‘discipline of the eyes’. Gerard Manley Hopkins is a part of University of Roehampton’s history, having spent a period of training as a Jesuit priest at Manresa House, now the home of Whitelands College. The lecture is free to attend but there is a small charge for the poetry masterclass.

For those interested in dance, there is undergraduate festival in May with more information available on the University of Roehampton website shortly. The University has an impressive record in the Arts, its Dance department is one of the leading centres within Europe, its English department comprises of an acclaimed array of teaching staff and includes Honorary Senior Research Fellows such as A S Byatt and Jacqueline Wilson.

How to book

Hopkins Celebrated: Annual Lecture
1 May
Andrew Motion
Whitelands Campus, University of Roehampton
Book here

Hopkins Celebrated: The Business of Poetry Masterclass
1 May  2013
Whitelands Campus, University of Roehampton
£5 for public, £1 for students
Book here

Rope performance
1-17 May
Most events are free
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