Noel Witts - Professor of Performing Arts

Liverpool Hope University

September 17, 2015

This year Liverpool Hope has made me a Professorial Fellow – an honour which I have been pleased to accept. Pleased because the field of Performing Arts has become important to this small but interesting organisation, which appears to be punching above its weight in many ways. It research record is high for such a small university, and its investment in creativity – performance, music, dance – shows real committment. There are festivals, exhibitions, conferences, competitions – playwriting, for example – which denote a trust which many universities find unusual. We all know that the creative disciplines attract students, but investment in thinking through doing – acting, directing, dancing, performing – has still not achieved anything like the political recognition that it has in, say, Romania, or Germany, to give two examples. When will we ever appoint a Minister of Culture who knows about the field, as opposed to one to needs a ministry to make a career? Prizes for anyone who can list the last 10 ministers of culture that this country has given us – always remembering that ‘culture’ itself is a bit suspicious as it was originally a German word!

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2017

January

2015

September

    This year Liverpool Hope has made me a Professorial Fellow - an honour which I have been pleased to accept.
    Several years ago John Theocharis and I made a BBC Radio 3 documentary about the redoubtable Barbara,

2014

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2013

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September

    "Demarco's Travels"  is an ambulant performance devised for this year's Edinburgh fringe at the Summerhall

August

July

    BUXTON FESTIVAL, 2013 This is this the first Buxton festival under the direction of Stephen Barlow
    SIBIU INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, 7-16 June,  2013 The Sibiu

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December

    The response to Vaclav Havel's death outside the Czech and Slovak republics has been a strange mixture

November

October

    Just back from seeing the run of Andriy Zholdak's 'Mefisto', being shown at the State Theatre in Uppsala,
    Sally-Anne Kelly, an MA student from Central St.Martins, London, has just finished digitalising most
    Sad to hear of Dragan's death - one of the most interesting and combative theatre intellectuals I have
    Just back from a validating visit to Lasalle College of Arts in Singapore, an extraordinary glass building
    Heard last week of the death of Linda, one of he founders of the Performing Arts degree course at Leicester

July

April

    Just been present at a Kantor show at Rose Bruford College, London, where third year students were directed

March

    welcome to my website.please let me know what you think of it

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