Events

Illustrated Menagerie: Shakespeare's Animals
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22 April–7th June 2016
Times:
Weekdays: 9am–5pm
Saturdays: 10am–2pm
Venue: Freda Swain room, Portsmouth Guildhall
Tickets: FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

The Shakespearean Menagerie is an exciting exhibition by University of Portsmouth BA Illustration students, capturing some of the range of the creatures featured in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

Related stories:
Welcome to the Shakespearean Menagerie! (24/12/2015)

The Shakespearean Menagerie's No Sinking Ship: Guildhall Exhibition Confirmed! (20/02/2016)

Linked blog: Shakespearean Menagerie (Illustrated Menagerie)

Location: Freda Swain room, Portsmouth Guildhall
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Asta Nielsen's Hamlet, with music by Neil Brand
Hamlet Asta Nielsen

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Date: Thursday 14th April 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Av., Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
Tickets: £6; Students and Over 65 £5
Block bookings of 10 or more tickets, £4 each (Buy here)

In association with the Much Ado About Portsmouth festival and the Shakespearean Communities conference, we are delighted to be welcoming renowned silent film pianist Neil Brand to the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 14th April.

Neil will be performing at a showing of the 1921 silent film Hamlet, starring Asta Nielsen.

Tickets are for the film showing and performance only. Unfortunately, tickets for the preceding 7pm wine reception are no longer available. We regret that we are unable to sell tickets at the door, so please book online in advance.

For any questions about the event, please email us.

Location: Eldon Building, Portsmouth
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The Sonnet Oscars

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Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016
Time: 5pm-7pm
Eldon Building (Room 1.11), Winston Churchill Av., Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
Tickets: £2 (on the door)

The Sonnet Oscars is the culmination of our Sonnets for Schools competition.

Nominees for prizes will be invited with family and friends to witness the awards for the best sonnet in three age categories.

Prizes for the winning sonnets will include free public display in the Central Library in Portsmouth, publication in the local press, the award of a sonnet "Oscar" statue and a prize.

We also have a surprise guest!

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Av., Portsmouth
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The Ruff Fashion Show
Ruff Fashion Show

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Date: Friday 22nd April 2016
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start; ends approx. 9pm
Venue: The Square Tower, Broad Street, Portsmouth PO1 2JE
Tickets: £9.50; students £4.50 (buy here)

The Ruff Fashion Show features young designers wanting to show off their versatility by fusing the modern with the Shakespearean.

Collections will include a nod to Shakespeare as part of the Much Ado About Portsmouth festival week, which celebrates the times and achievements of England's most famous playwright.

The show takes place in Portsmouth's wonderfully atmospheric Square Tower – the perfect venue to inspire! – and includes energetic performances by local dramatic groups and street dancers.

The designs will be judged by experts from the University of Portsmouth and prizes range from a spread in an international magazine to a professional photo-shoot.

This promises to be a glittering and exciting evening, so be sure to come along to see the special pieces our talented designers have created.

Hurry before tickets for this unique event sell out! The Square Tower only takes a limited number, so book now to avoid disappointment!

The show will be accompanied by catering and a bar.

We hope to see you there!

Meet the designers:

Location: The Square Tower, Portsmouth
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Shakespeare at Risk: Explorations in Mortality
Shakespeare at Risk

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Date: Friday 22nd April
Time: 2-3.30pm
Venue: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
FREE ENTRY – spaces limited so book early!

A duo of short talks, brought to you by the combined risk that is Dr Rob Inkpen and Dr Rosie Paice of the University of Portsmouth.


Shakespeare at Risk (Dr Rob Inkpen, Reader in Physical Geography)

How lucky was Shakespeare to survive the trials and tribulations of Elizabethan life to write the plays he did? Using historic data we can build up a picture of the riskiness of Shakepseare's life given the decisions he made. From this analysis we can work out how lucky we were that he survived to write the plays he did and how many more plays he could have written had we and he been a bit luckier.


Risky Fish: Death by Herring and Herring Innuendo in Shakespeare's Southwark (Dr Rosie Paice, Principal Lecturer in English Literature)

This talk will show how the humble herring gained currency as, on the one hand, a symbol of unmanliness: the 'shotten herring', or 'herring without a roe', was understood in terms of undernourishment and as a euphemism for being sexually impotent. The herring also came to feature prominently in allusions to indiscriminate (sexual) appetites, allusions that evoke the Southwark alehouse district both in terms of its herring-accompanied drinking, and as the red-light district of its day.

Whether it was by over-consumption of the particularly salty red herring, or by indulgence of a sexual kind in an age rife with incurable venereal disease, the herring could be a person's death...!

Spaces for this FREE EVENT are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Location: Eldon Building, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
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Portsmouth's Great Cakespeare Bake-Off!
Ruff Fashion Show

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Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Time: 5pm–7pm
Venue: The Phipps Cafe, New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD
To find out more and to get involved, please click here

As part of the celebrations to mark Shakespeare's birthday and deathday on 23 April 2016, New Theatre Royal with the University of Portsmouth are inviting you to 'Get Your Bake On!'

Contestants will be judged on: Taste, Presentation, Creativity and Interpretation.

Location: Phipps Cafe, New Theatre Royal
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Songs and Sonnets: Shakespeare in Words and Music
Songs and Sonnets

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Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
Admission: £2 on the door – NO ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED

The University of Portsmouth's Centre for Performing Arts presents an evening of musical cabaret and sonnet performance.

This event will bring together talent from across the University, uniting people through the inspirational works of the Bard.

What better way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death than with a celebration of the power of music and words?

Location: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmou
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The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Villagers)
Merry Wives of Windsor

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Dates: 16th, 17th and 23rd April 2016
Time: 2pm
Venue: Ravelin Park, off Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ST
Admission: Adults £7, Students (With NUS Card) £3, Children (Under 16) £3. (All profits to go to charity.)

The Villagers Drama Group, in association with the University of Portsmouth and Much Ado About Portsmouth, presents The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Bring the family, bring a picnic, bring a chair and enjoy Shakespeare's most earthy comedy in this special year. (Sorry – Due to licensing laws, no alcohol!)

What better way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death than with a celebration of the power of music and words?

Related stories:
Shakespeare's Funniest Play? The Villagers take on The Merry Wives of Windsor (16/03/2016)

Location: Ravelin Park, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ST
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Write Your Own Soliloquy! (workshop)
Write Your Own Soliloquy

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Date: Thursday 21st April
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Room W1.03, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
FREE ENTRY! – TO BOOK EMAIL THE ORGANISER (see below)

Write Your Own Soliloquy is a workshop run by University of Portsmouth Creative Writing staff for Much Ado About Portsmouth. It is open to university staff and students, local writers and the general public.

Try Shakespeare's rhythm and rhyme schemes, with your own twist, in this fun and informal workshop.

The best results will appear in the university-based publication Star and Crescent! Send queries to Alison Habens.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990)

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Date: Thursday 21st April
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Room 1.74, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

Portsmouth Film Society brings you Tom Stoppard's acclaimed tragicomedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfuss.

Introduced by Dr Páraic Finnerty (Reader in English and American Literature at the University of Portsmouth).

TICKETS
Single night pass: £6
3 pass (allows you to watch any 3 Portsmouth Film Society films): £10
Season pass for Portsmouth Film Society films: £30
Yearly membership of Portsmouth Film Society: £60

Free to current UoP students (with Student ID)

CONTACT US
Call us on 07528 808400, find us online at www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk, or email us.

Location: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1
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Shakespeare in Portsmouth: Finding Stories
Shakespeare in Portsmouth event

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Date: Monday 18th April
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Library Seminar Room 2, University Library, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth PO1 2ST
FREE ENTRY – booking essential

Portsmouth is full of stories and 'Shakespeare in Portsmouth' offers you you the chance to find and investigate some of those tales using the University of Portsmouth's excellent digital resources.

Using the Gale Cengage database, you'll be investigating the often surprising results that come from a combined "Shakespeare" and "Portsmouth" search, that will help you develop a picture of what Shakespeare has meant to Portsmouth over time.

Archive instructors will help you to navigate the technology, and academic specialists with archive skills in English Literature, History and Journalism will host a feedback session that will explore pathways for making the most of archival subject matter that interests you.

Whether you're a local historian, a genealogist, a writer, or are just interested in finding out more about the hidden histories of place in which you live, this is an event not to be missed.

This is a FREE EVENT but advance booking is essential – so sign yourself up now!

Location: University Library, Portsmouth PO1 2ST
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Contrasting communities in the age of Shakespeare
Shakespeare in Portsmouth event

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Date: Monday 18th April
Time: 6pm
Venue: Eldon Building (Café), Winston Churchill Av., Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
FREE ENTRY – book your ticket here!

Contrasting communities in the age of Shakespeare: the Evidence from Portsmouth & Wymering

As hee shalle not be flaying peasants or extortinge taxes on this daye, ye greete Doctor James Thomas shalle presente a talke on ye lives of ye folke in Portsmouth & Wymering in Shakespeare's daye.

Location: Eldon Building, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
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Sound of Life: a Soundscape of Tudor Portsmouth
Sounds of Life

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Date: 18th and 19th April
Time: 11am-5pm
Venue: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Av., Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
FREE ENTRY – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

What was Portsmouth like in Shakespeare's day? This installation provides atmospheric recreations of Portsmouth sounds of the past. Close your eyes and hear history come to life!

Location: Eldon Building, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
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Globe Simulation (experience and workshop)
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Date: Thursday 21st April
Time: 1-4pm
Venue: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
FREE ENTRY – spaces limited so book early!

Experience the Globe and its crowds like never before in this new Globe simulation, created by third year Computer Games Technology students at the University of Portsmouth!

Not only will you have the opportunity to 'visit' the Globe in the Virtual Reality lab, but you will also be able to have fun playing with the simulation and the technology used to create it in a hands-on workshop. – You can even change parts of the design if you feel like it!

As well as all this, there will be an opportunity for those who attend to audition to become the voices of the on-screen characters! (No preparation required.)

Spaces for this FREE EVENT are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Location: Eldon Building, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
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The Elizabethan Noyses of Wymering Manor
Noyses of Wymering

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Date: Sunday 24th April
Time: 11am, 12am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Venue: Wymering Manor, Old Wymering Lane, Portsmouth PO6 3NL
FREE ENTRY – book here

This special event at Wymering Manor features a series of installations created by students from the University of Portsmouth working across the creative disciplines to evoke the everyday life of the house and its estate as it was around 1600. Sound pieces will animate the empty rooms with voices, music and the small sounds of domestic routine, whilst outside a pastoral acoustic world of lost fields and trackways will be recalled. Visitors can pause to listen to readings of Shakespearean works, whilst texts and images provide imaginative responses to these echoes of past lives.


Please note also that due to the age and condition of the Manor accessibility is limited and there are uneven floors and changes of level.

Location: Wymering Manor, Portsmouth PO6 3NL
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