Stanley Evernden Prize Winners’ Performance: Romeo and Juliet, and The Seagull

Loughborough Students Union, Cognitos, 7pm

Each year the university awards drama students the Stanley Evernden prize, which supports them in taking a play to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. This years winners will take an abridged version of Chekov’s The Seagull and Romeo and Juliet.

Each version of the plays will last 40 minutes.

Romeo and Juliet

For this immersive adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy we welcome you to the opening of Capulet’s ‘Cognito’s Bar’! Our lovely guests; we would be humbled to have you (unless you are a Montague of course!). Drinks, company and laughter; what could go wrong?

The Seagull

A new and condensed adaptation of Chekhov’s must-see classic. Often described as the first great modern play; this tragicomedy follows the deterioration of a young artist after a performance of his play proves disappointing The Seagull, drama in four acts by Anton Chekhov, performed in 1896 deals with lost opportunities, romantic and artistic conflicts, and the clash between generations.

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The Decadent Literary Salon (Performance)

Leonard Dixon Studio, 6-8pm

They are not long, the days of wine and roses…’ (Ernest Dowson) 

Members of the Cultural Currents 1870-1930 research group will present an immersive experience, designed to recreate the famous (or notorious) decadent literary salons of the fin de siècle. This evening will involve readings from celebrated works of decadent poetry (from Arthur Symons, Ernest Dowson and others), dramatised excerpts from Oscar Wilde, and a display of projected art-works from the period. You will have a chance to craft your own decadent creations, and we will serve absinthe 1890’s-style throughout!  

This event will showcase Loughborough’s internationally-recognised expertise in decadence and the fin de siècle, and will involve active participation from postgraduate researchers within the group and from keen undergraduate students within the School.  

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Wrestling Resurgence: Angry Dancing

Saturday 8 June, 7-10pm, Martin Hall Theatre

Experience the thrills, spills, and spectacular skills of incredible performance art when arthouse wrestling comes to Loughborough University!

Wrestling Resurgence presents Angry Dancing! The larger than life characters of Nottingham and UK wrestling takeover Loughborough University for an action-packed evening of family-friendly live professional wrestling suitable for both seasoned fans and total newcomers! This highly entertaining art form will have you on the edge of your seat, cheering and cheering and stamping your feet!

British wrestling, with its diverse fan base and artistic quality, is one of the U.K’s cultural success stories of the twenty-first century, a popular performance form that reflects the dynamic, varied art scene of contemporary Britain.

Ten years ago British professional wrestling seemed dead. The days of cheering for Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks on Saturday evening television seemed long gone. However, now British wrestling companies are selling out major venues, matches are being beamed around the world, British professional wrestling, is once again, leading the world.


Dr Claire Warden, Senior Lecturer in English and Drama, is interested in the history of professional wrestling.  She is the co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling (Routledge 2016) and the academic lead/commissioner for the on-going Wrestling Resurgence project which aims to explore wrestling as an artistic practice through live wrestling shows.

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Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinocéros (Performance)

5th-7th June, 7.30pm, Martin Hall.

Presented by Final-year Drama students

‘A boozing young man finds that everyone around him, even his pompous and condescending best friend is changing into a rhinoceros’

Join us for an evening of comedy and physical theatre, with Loughborough University’s Drama Finalists’ performance of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. Theatre of the Absurd, brought to you for three nights this June.

The performance will represent the culmination of the students’ time at Loughborough and is always a bitter-sweet moment.

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