A Brief Look At Our Theatre Studies Departmental Home: Millburn House
A (belated) Merry Christmas to you all! I wanted to grace you, at this festive time, with some information about our very own Millburn House, the home of Theatre and Film Studies at The University of Warwick. Millburn House hosts social events, performances, lectures, rehearsals, and seminars relating to cultural and performance studies.
So, regarding what has been on recently: the theatre department have begun running a serious of ‘Millburn Mic Nights’- an evening filled with performative opportunities for any budding writers/ theatre-makers to showcase their own work and celebrate trial and error with a warm supportive audience of both course-mates and friends. I will include a link to the event facebook page here:
On a more festive note, I should probably mention the Staff/Student Christmas Drinks that happen every year in Millburn foyer. The foyer is fully decked out with fairy lights, a projector playing Christmas films and very ambient lighting thanks to our department technician. Last year there was a ritual performance of Mummers, a Leeds folk play incorporating some light-hearted carols, dramatic deaths, and resurrections. I was part of this casual performance last year, and with the rest of the cast graduating that summer, I then continued the tradition by forming a cast and organising a couple of low maintenance rehearsals. I successfully cast 11 speaking parts and a rowdy, imbibed chorus. Last year Mummers was my first ‘performance’ at Warwick as I was both nervous and unsure of performing alongside studying (would I be any good? Could I handle rehearsals and work and university studies and activity? Etc). That being said, Mummers was a fantastic opportunity to just try, and even fail, at performing in a low-risk safe environment, and, had I not have given it a go, it would have been unlikely I would have had the courage to look foolish and try auditioning for other shows.
All in all, the performance went fine (hiccups probably added to the performance) and people did enjoy themselves BOTH those who were in Mummers and those who watched it- which is quite ideal, and not always achievable.
I do also want to add that Millburn and the staff who make Millburn what it is are always open and supportive of any new event ideas/ performance proposals, so there is no harm in just simply asking for an opportunity to test out some material/ make use of a rehearsal space.
I hope you’re all in enjoying your Christmas break, and I hope you doing not much more than nothing.
Best wishes for the New Year!
(I would have attached pictures but error 404 🙁 )