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Why Jean Genet Still Matters In Plymouth and the UK Premiere of Heaven is a Place

The Jean Genet: Why Jean Genet Still Matters. In Plymouth (And Lots of Other Places). Right Now.

Sunday 29 June 2014

1 pm – 5 pm

An afternoon of talks and talking at Plymouth Arts Centre including the UK première of Heaven is a Place, a dance film made by Kayla Parker, Roberta Mock and Ruth Way, with emergent professional performers and members of Plymouth’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans communities. 

Pride in Plymouth are proud to be a partner with Plymouth University in this exciting European Culture Project our journey in the making of the film started in December 2013 with FREE Creative and Somatic Movement Workshops, there was then rehearsals at Plymouth’s newest gay club OMG on the Barbican followed by filming at various waterfront locations in Plymouth including the Lions Den on Plymouth Hoe.

Photo’s from the rehearsals at at Club OMG

The afternoon event on Sunday 29th June explores why the work of French writer, dramatist, film-maker and activist, Jean Genet, remains so powerful and fresh nearly 30 years after his death. It is the culmination of a performing arts project called “Heaven on Earth?” that has produced a touring theatre production and a film, and is engaging practitioners, participants and audiences across Europe – from Athens to Zaragoza, from Istanbul to Plymouth. The project is inspired by Genet’s poetic vision and ethical commitment, especially to those excluded from mainstream society, and focuses on the dynamics between people and docks/ports.

The afternoon is aimed at the general public (although those with specialist interest, such as performers, artists, students and more experienced scholars are, of course, welcome). It will include:

  • The UK première of Heaven is a Place, a dance film made by Kayla Parker, Roberta Mock and Ruth Way, with emergent professional performers and members of Plymouth’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans communities.
  • A talk by Carl Lavery, Professor of Theatre & Performance at Glasgow University and author of The Politics of Jean Genet’s Late Theatre: Spaces of Revolution.
  • A talk by Clare Finburgh, Senior Lecturer in Modern Drama at the University of Essex, and co-author with David Bradby of Jean Genet.
  • A discussion with Vana Pefani (Greece), director and writer of the visual theatre production, Heaven on Earth?, which will be performed in Plymouth on 28 and 29 June 2014.
  • A talk by Alan Butler, PhD candidate at Plymouth University and co-director of Pride in Plymouth, an organisation that brings people together to celebrate and promote the diversity that exists within the city’s LGBT communities.
  • Tea and coffee, ice cream, popcorn and a glass of wine.

Participants may also take advantage of a special ticket offer to see Odysseia Theatre Company’s production of Heaven on Earth?, at the Roland Levinsky Theatre, Plymouth University, on either Saturday 28 June (3 pm or 7.30 pm) or 29 June (at 7.30 pm, following this event at Plymouth Arts Centre). If you buy a combined ticket from Plymouth Arts Centre, you may attend any one of these performances on production of your ticket.

View the complete program here: The Jean Genie programme


Full price: £8 (afternoon of talks only) or £15 (afternoon of talks plus ticket to a performance of Heaven on Earth?)

Concessions: £5 (afternoon of talks only) or £10 (afternoon of talks plus ticket to a performance of Heaven on Earth?)

Group rate: buy 5 tickets and get 1 free (please contact the Box Office on 01752 206114 for this special rate)

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Tickets for performances of Heaven on Earth? only are available from Peninsula Arts.

This event is the result of a partnership between the Humanities, Music & Performing Arts (HuMPA) Research Centre at Plymouth University, Plymouth Arts Centre and Pride in Plymouth, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

 Visit or Heaven on Earth? News page to see the Journey so far.

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