School of English and Drama at Being Human Festival

Read on for a summary of events by academics from the school for the Being Human Festival 2022 from 10-19 November 2022.

Lost and Foundling: exploring the complex stories of people in care

A new performance explores the positive potential of foster care and its histories through creative practices, hoping to change the stigma and negativity attached to being in care. This is part of our ongoing research project  The Verbatim Formula, working with care-experienced young adults to explore issues in the system, led by Queen Mary’s contemporary theatre and performance expert Dr Maggie Inchley. and funded by People’s Palace Projects.

Publishing is Power!

This series of events celebrates the arts, activism and publishing in Tower Hamlets – reflecting on the local histories of community-led politics and multilingual literary cultures, as well as exploring what’s going on in the area today. Events are organised by Queen Mary literature expert Dr Rehana Ahmed, who is currently writing a book about the production and reception of contemporary British Asian writing in the context of debates around race, ‘diversity’ and inclusion in the publishing industry.

Community Breakfast

Young artists from Phakama will host new and existing East London communities to share food donated by local eateries and restaurants. The event will showcase and celebrate ideas around how creativity can positively affect marginalised people and communities. This event is produced alongside Queen Mary researchers whose work is themed around home, migration and creative practice.

Secular Celebration: Then and Now

Join Queen Mary’s Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow Dr Clare Stainthorp to discover how people have celebrated life events outside of religious traditions, in Victorian times and today. Dr Stainthorp is currently researching how ‘freethinkers’ harnessed the power of regular publications to shape conversations about faith and society in Victorian Britain.

Secrets of the London Yiddish Stage

Newly discovered secrets include one-act plays, sketches and songs, translated and directed by Queen Mary research fellow Dr Vivi Lachs. Get a sense of the history and atmosphere of London’s vibrant Jewish immigrant theatre in English and Yiddish through Dr Lachs’ work on AHRC-funded research project, ‘Making and Remaking the Jewish East End’.

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