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Visitor in the Creative Arts 2020

Visitor in the Creative Arts 2020Univ welcomes award-winning playwright, scriptwriter, short-story writer and journalist Clare Bayley as Visitor in the Creative Arts for 2020-21.

Born in Oxford, raised in Durham and now living in London, Clare worked as a theatre critic before doing David Edgar’s MA in playwriting at Birmingham University. Her first play, Northern Lights, was directed by Shabnam Shabazi at the New Grove Theatre. Her 2007 play The Container won a Fringe First and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Since then her plays have been produced at theatres including the Young Vic, Hampstead Theatre, the National Theatre and internationally.

During her time at Univ Clare will be completing a new English version of the play Gabriel by 19th century writer George Sand.

Clare described how she felt about starting at Univ, “I’m very excited to be here at Univ, and despite the best efforts of the pandemic, I’m looking forward to running writing workshops and informal readings this term. Theatre was never intended to be socially distanced, but it’s more important now than ever, so we’ll work with the new reality and devise ways to operate. I’ll be posting info about times and dates of workshops and readings but in the meantime feel free to contact me by email or drop by my rooms in Radcliffe Quad 9.3.”

Writing Group
Wednesday 14 October, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Tuesday 20 October, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Wednesday 28 October, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Tuesday 3 November, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Wednesday 11 November, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Tuesday 17 November, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Wednesday 25 November, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Wednesday 2 December, 4.15pm-5.45pm

Each week Clare will give you writing prompts and provocations around a given theme.

Please email Clare by midday on Wednesday to find out where to meet. Bring paper, pen and/or laptop for writing. No experience necessary. Venue TBC.

Wanted actors/readers for informal play reading
No experience necessary.

During my time at Univ I am developing a new English version of George Sand’s Gabriel. I need to hear how it sounds! Please come and help me, and find out more about the project.

Thursday 22 October, 8pm-9.30pm Gabriel Prologue, Act 1
Thursday 12 November, 8pm-9.30pm Gabriel Act 2, 3
Thursday 26 November, 8pm-9.30pm Gabriel Act 4, 5

Please let Clare know if you are able to come by Monday 19 October.

Any questions? Email Clare.Bayley@univ.ox.ac.uk

Look out for information about events and opportunities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #WhoIsGabriel?

Published: 15 October 2020

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