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Being Human Festival Starts Today!

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The Being Human Festival starts today. My piece, A Roving Soul: Walking the City with Walter Benjamin, is the University of Hull’s contribution. It’s a loose adaptation of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, inviting you to put on headphones and take a walk through urban space. It asks you to look at the city through Benjamin’s eyes and become the roving soul expressed in his philosophy.

Download the file here, get some headphones and get walking!

Thanks to the University of Hull, the School of Advanced, Study, University of London, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

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A Roving Soul: Walking the City with Walter Benjamin


I am very pleased that my upcoming audio walk, A Roving Soul, has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy as part of the 2014 Being Human Festival (15-23 November).

The piece will invite listeners to take a walk through an urban environment of their choice, accompanied by the German philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin. The piece will use creative sound design (by Hana Walker-Brown) to frame a variety of oral reflections on Benjamin’s unfinished The Arcades Project.  Contributing scholars include Mike Jennings, Dick McCaw, Susan Buck-Morss and Esther Leslie (among others).

A Roving Soul will encourage participants to see the urban environment through Benjamin’s eyes, bringing to life his attempt to make sense of the city’s fractured history and landscape.   The piece will be made available as a free mp3 file on the University of Hull website and as a podcast on iTunes at the start of the Being Human Festival.

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Theatre and Performance in the Terezin Ghetto

The lastest Performance Pod is available.  It is my favourite so far: Dr Lisa Peschel from the University of York discusses researching and reconstructing theatrical performance in the Terezin Ghetto – for many the last stop before extermination in the holocaust.  A harrowing and fascinating insight.

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January 17, 2013 · 5:40 pm

Frank Matcham Peformance Pod

Here’s a link to the latest Performance Pod.  I hadn’t heard of Frank Matcham before this.  Surely one of the most influential unknowns in British theatre.  Thanks to David Wilmore of Theatresearch for taking part.

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January 8, 2013 · 5:50 pm