19th January, 2022 / 13:00 - 14:00
15th March, 2019
Talk from playwright and Middlesex University lecturer James Kenworth
In this presentation/talk, James Kenworth will focus on the ongoing importance of the concept of site-specific environments to his writing practice and thinking about theatre making; the fusing together of his principal interests in creating theatre-orientated work, namely use of public, unconventional performance spaces and non-naturalistic /creative language in A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham, the third installment in his Newham Trilogy; and a brief consideration of the public, inclusive and social nature of community-orientated, history-based theatre.
James Kenworth is a Playwright and a Lecturer in Media Narrative at Middlesex University. His writing include ‘verse-prose’ plays Johnny Song, Gob; black comedy Polar Bears; issue-led plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse), Dementia’s Journey (Dementia); plays for young people/schools The Last Story in the World; and a Newham-based trilogy of site-specific plays, When Chaplin Met Gandhi, Revolution Farm and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham. His play, Dementia’s Journey, won the 2015 University of Stirling International Dementia Award in the category: Dementia & the Arts. When Chaplin Met Gandhi and Revolution Farm are published by TSL Publications. A Splotch of Red has recently been published in a collection of political plays by Workable Press, a new publishing imprint dedicated to trade unions and organised workers. He is currently working on his new play Alice in Canning Town, a contemporary, urban adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, reconfigured for the East End and performed site-specific in Arc in the Park, an inclusive adventure playground in Canning Town.