Friends of Stony Stratford Library - They Fight: Performing Acts of Violence

Venue: Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford
Date: 26 Nov 2019
Time: 19:00

'They Fight': Performing Acts of Violence: A talk by Lucy Nevitt. 

Lucy Nevitt who will deliver a talk entitled: "They Fight - Performing Acts of Violence". This talk explored the processes by which a stage direction (sometimes detailed, sometimes just two words: "they fight") becomes a moment of performance. Thrilling, horrific or hilarious, fight scenes can provoke extreme emotional responses in their audiences. They often have to be performed repeatedly, by real actors with real bodies that need to be kept safe. Drawing on four years of training as an actor-combatant and fifteen years research into violence in and as performance, Lucy Nevitt will discuss the technical, ethical and stylistic considerations that go into staging fights and acts of violence in a range of entertainment contexts.

Dr Lucy Nevitt is the author of Theatre & Violence (Palgrave, 2013). Her published articles explore subjects ranging from professional wrestling to historical stage combat, taking in Tudor tournament dramas, bleeding in performance, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along the way. She was a Senior Lecturer at the University of West of England for ten years and is now an independent scholar, writer and researcher. Lucy grew up in Stony Stratford and did much of her childhood reading courtesy of Stony Stratford Library.

Tickets for Lucy's talk will be available at the Library (tel. 01908 562562) from Tuesday 5th November. There is no charge for tickets, but FOSSL is grateful for donations to cover costs and to support activities at the Library.

As usual after the talk wine, fruit juice and home made cake will be served.

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