UCU Strike 2018 | PhD Vlog

A slight break from the usual programming on my YouTube channel as I take the time to talk through the current strike action by UCU over the forced changes to the terms of the USS pension scheme, explain why I’m supporting my senior colleagues in their fight against this non-sensical decision and suggest how students can support the strikes.

Keep up to date with what’s going on with these strikes and show your support on Twitter by searching for #USSstrikes

Cultural Hegemony: WTF?

In this, the third episode of my What the Theory? series on my YouTube channel, I take a look at the concept of Cultural Hegemony as developed by the Italian neomarxist Antono Gramsci in his Prison Notebooks.


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Megamusicals and McTheatre: WTF?

I’ve been working on this little series in which I do short introductions to some theories and concepts around theatre studies. As someone who loves the ephemerality of fringe theatre, musicals-with their tightly scored choreography repeated across the globe-have always been interested me. But that doesn’t stop me finding Hamilton, Les Mis or Billy Eliot super catchy. This week, I took a deep dive into megamusicals.

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An Education

So a couple of weeks ago (while locked away in a room Hugh McCann and Ed Rapley working on Ensuite) I heard back from Exeter University that my application to undertake their Theatre Practice MA in September had been successful.

I’ve always had a conflicted relationship with education; I realised soon into my FdA that Audio and Music Production wasn’t really for me and spent most of my spare time (and maybe the odd day or two when I should have been in lectures) escaping to rehearsal rooms and back rooms of theatres to get stuck in to making work for the stage.

This feels a little different though. Some months ago I sat in front of the third-year students on the Theatre and Performance course at Plymouth University chatting about the local theatre scene as a ‘visiting academic’ and joked about being a bit of a fraud as they’d already got further than I ever did. Although maybe I’ve got a bit of a knack for making stuff happen, I’d never taken the time they had to step back and explore my practice and see what theatre I wanted to make.

This seed of intrigue into going back to academia continued to grow and eventually it began to seem like a logical next step. I’ve never really been held back by my lack of a degree and its not the piece of paper that interests me too much (although it’ll almost definately make me feel like a right boss) but I’m really looking forward to having protected time in which I’m allowed to really interogate my artistic practice without having to think logistically or commercially as I might when working on something for production.

I’m really honoured to have been accepted onto the course and am slightly masochistically looking forward to pouring over academic texts and writing essays.