English and Drama Newsletter – September 2022 Edition

Welcome to your September newsletter from the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London and welcome to all our new students starting on 19 September.

3 things to do this September:

  1. Book now for our Open Day: We can’t wait to meet you on Saturday 8 October 2022 on our Mile End campus.
  2. Last Chance to apply for 2022: Overseas applications close on 2 September for PGT courses and Home on 9 September.
  3. New Student Information: Incoming undergraduate students should read our guidance and keep an eye out for pre-enrolment emails.

Register for Open Day

Open Day

Join us on 8 October for tasters, freebies and a chance to meet our incredible team

We will be hosting our October open day covering courses including the new:

Drama with Creative Writing
Drama and History

Plus discover why our subjects make you more employable and give you highly sought after transferable skills. Book your session

Events in September


3-24 September – Regents Park Open Air Theatre
  A blistering retelling of the epic story from the writer of Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams starring QMUL English and Drama alumna Zainab Hasan.

A torn family. A hostile state. One heroic brother. One misguided son. One conflicted sister, and the second is on the run.

Book now

Living with MachinesNow until 8 January 2023 – Leeds City Museum

What can Dickens, Lowry and Leeds factory workers teach us about the rich and powerful, work-life balance and holidays on a budget? You might be surprised.

Co-curated by Leeds City Museum and the British Library, this exhibition will reveal the surprising parallels between the Industrial Revolution and today’s world of ‘big tech’. Discover the origins of football leagues, fast fashion and the 9-to-5 working day and what they can tell us about surviving and thriving in a fast-moving city.

You’ll discover a sometimes-surprising variety of machines – from sewing machines and dobby looms, to potato peelers and tricycles. Follow the changes these contraptions brought through the atmospheric art of L S Lowry, a first edition of Elizabeth Gaskill’s North and South and Charles Dicken’s handwritten notes on his novel Hard Times.

This exhibition is inspired by the new and unexpected stories being uncovered by the AI-powered Living with Machines research project led by our very own Ruth Ahnert. The Living with Machines research programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund. This multidisciplinary collaboration is delivered by The Alan Turing Institute, the British Library and partner universities. Find out more on the  Living with Machines project website.

Find out more

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

Continues until 11 September – Various venues around East London
  Acclaimed artistic Director and Queen Mary English alumnus Bradley Hemmings’ spectacular free festival continues with events like the inflatable garden of Unfurl (pictured above) in Bethnal Green Gardens.

See the full programme

Open House London: Queen Mary University of London History Tours

11 September – Queen Mary University of London

On Sunday 11th September, Nadia Valman (English) will be leading three historical tours of the Mile End campus, exploring the Queen’s Building (1887), Mile End Hospital (1858), and the Novo Cemetery (1733), the UK’s second oldest Jewish cemetery.

Book now

Live Archive: #nine

21 October – Siobhan Davies Studios.

A retrospective exploration of a 1998 performance by Kate Brown with Nicholas Ridout (Drama), as part of Artist Archive. Book now

Events from around QMUL & Beyond

15 September
Conversations about Research, Arts, Innovation, and Creativity (CRAIC)

Register your interest

Breaking the Glass Chamber: Women, Politics and Parliament, 1945-1997

Book now

17 September

Mendoza Mania – Exhibition

The immersive event in Paradise Gardens is a community-focused celebration of the life and times of Portuguese Jewish bare knuckle boxer Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836), who helped make the sport what it is today and was the first true sporting celebrity in Britain. A plaque honouring him is on the QMUL campus near Ground cafe.

The exhibition is a way to engage the wider community in the histories of boxing and the Jewish connection to the East End dating back to Mendoza’s time and to explore the ways in which community members from a wide range of backgrounds are today “fighting back” against racism, discrimination and other challenges they encounter.

Book now


A Season of Bangla Drama returns this November
We are delighted to announce that A Season of Bangla Drama returns in 2022 with another high calibre and diverse line-up of plays. The Festival, which is the largest diaspora celebration of Bengali culture in Europe, will run from 4 – 27 November, in venues across the borough including the Pinter Studio.

This is the tenth year of the Festival’s strategic partnership with our Drama Department. The theme for this year is Freedom of Speech and Self-determination, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Language Movement which was catalysed by Martyrs Day in 1952: many plays will address this topic.

Ali Campbell (Drama) and Ruksana Begum (Tower Hamlets Arts) have secured the full £30k applied for from Arts Council England, supporting 15 theatre companies artistically, financially and – notably – technically, with the involvement of Drama’s full team led by our technical director Jules Deering.

The Festival will include a fringe programme of exhibitions, talks and more, so please see www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/seasonbangladrama for full details. Find out more

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Alumni Special

In August our alumni team profiled lots of our English graduates as part of South Asian History Month. Read their inspiring stories via the links below.

Anum Ahmed (English BA, 2014), Policy Professional at the Department for Education.

Jennifa Chowdhury (English and History BA, 2016), Learning and Development Coordinator at the Cabinet Office.

Maansi Kalyan (English BA, 2016; English Studies: Writing in the Modern Age MA, 2019), Production at Havas, shares what the month means to her and how she is taking action via her Brown Girls Don’t Podcast.

Read the latest alumni newsletter

Discover documentation of Live Art: Histories of the Present with videos of brilliant talks from Dominic Johnson (Head of Drama) and Vanessa Macaulay (PhD Graduate)
Live Art: Histories of the Present was a two-day symposium which took place at the University of Glasgow on Wednesday 6th of April and Thursday 7th of April 2022, with presentations from Gavin Butt, Harriet Curtis, Dominic Johnson, Vanessa Macaulay, Phoebe Patey-Ferguson and Heike Roms. Staged as part of the Live Art in Scotland project, it explored the complex relationship between live art and the material, historical conditions which have enabled, fostered, and sometimes constrained the possibilities for experimental and interdisciplinary performance.

See the videos

Apologies if we missed any listings, do let us know and we can post on social media. Also if you have any news for our first Semester 1 newsletter please do reply or get in touch.

Best wishes,


Rupert Dannreuther

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