Posted: 12 July 2016
Part memoir and part fiction, The Periodic Table is a meditation on the nature and presence in human life of the components of The Periodic Table of the Elements – Argon, Potassium, Zinc, Carbon, etc. It uses those elements as prompts for individual stories, both fictional fantasies and reflections on episodes from Levi’s own extraordinary life.
An Italian Jewish industrial chemist who survived incarceration in Auschwitz during World War II, Levi became a profound chronicler of the experience and significance of the Nazi extermination camps. After the war his novels and short-stories often focused on science and its role in human life, particularly in the working lives of ordinary people.
Professor White is a playwright and academic researcher. His research often focuses on the narration of selfhood and memory in episodes of social conflict and it’s often explored through playwriting as well as conventional academic publication. Previous plays for Radio 4 have included The Trial of the Angry Brigade, Oswald in Russia and a dramatisation of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. His dramatisation for Radio 3 of BS Johnson’s experimental novel The Unfortunates won a BBC Audio Award for Innovation.
In 2006 The Periodic Table was voted the best ever science book by the Royal Institution. Professor White’s dramatisation will bring this compelling blend of science, memoir and history to vivid, dramatic life.
The plays are scheduled to run across a week, for the full schedule and more information please visit BBC Radio 4.
Professor opens Venice Biennale with Taiwan Minister of Culture
Professor Adrian Heathfield from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance opened the Doing Time exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale, which features the works of the renowned artist Tehching Hsieh. Housed in the Palazzo delle Prigioni, close to St. Mark's Square, Doing Time is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist's work to date. Detailed installations of two of Hsieh's One Year Performances – 'Time Clock Piece' and 'Outdoor Piece' – are on show, in which he pursued unprecedented acts of endurance, as well as three previously unseen works for the camera: Road Repair, Exposure and Jump.
Posted: 31 May 2017
Drama students to perform alongside UK’s first experimental theatre group at the Horniman Museum
On 18 May, 28 Drama, Theatre and Performance students will perform at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in a one off production with the People Show, as part of the Museums at Night festival.
Posted: 8 May 2017
Roehampton graduate to lead community production of Easter play
Frazer Blaxland, a graduate of Roehampton in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, will be taking the lead role of Jesus in an open-air Community Passion Play. The community production of up to 250 performers will take place through the streets of Marlborough in Wiltshire on Easter Sunday.
Posted: 16 January 2017