Roehampton plays host to Poetry House Live rehearsal

The Department of English and Creative Writing have hosted the European team behind Poetry House Live as they prepare to make their debut at the Kings Place in September.

Posted: 12 August 2016

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Members of GoodDog theatre company rehearsing for Poetry House Live. Directors: Dylan Read and Olivia Rose Performers: Louise-Clare Henry, Julien Nguyen Dinh, Nouch Papazian and Simon Gleave Dramaturge: Jeni Cumming

Poetry House Live is an original theatrical performance curated by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, a sister organisation of Poet in the City, with which the University has strong connections.

Poetry House Live features seven mini- plays about poets from seven different countries. Each play has been written by a playwright from the country in which the poets lived. The poets that will be featured are: Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, Halldor Laxness, Salomeja Neris, Gellu Naum, Federico Garcia Lorca and John Keats.

The plays are set in the houses that were once occupied by these famous poets and explore the individual stories that took place within the walls. The cast and directors are from the GoodDog theatre company.

As well as rehearsing their play at the University of Roehampton, the team worked on developing the scripts for the stage in a seminar where they were joined by Professor of Creative Writing, David Harsent. An accomplished scriptwriter himself, whose work has been featured at the Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Opera House, Professor Harsent shared some of his own experiences of writing for stage including how to make use of the stage and using the rehearsal as a process of discovery.

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The seven mini plays will be performed back-to-back, seamlessly transporting the audience through a series of interlocking rooms. Poetry House Live will take place Kings Place in a one-off performance on Monday 19 September. Tickets are available online.

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