Posts from October 2014

Graduate playwright’s ‘The Beautiful Warmth’ performed at Waterside Arts Centre

31 October 2014

BeautifulwarmthThe Beautiful Warmth is a play written by English and Creative Writing graduate Adam Gilmour and directed by current PhD student Sean Gregory. The play is one of ten plays commissioned by the Waterside Arts Centre as part of their 10th birthday celebrations, which have been dubbed W10.

The play is set in 1989 and follows two fireplace salesmen, TK and Lucky as they race to secure a sale with the last remaining house in the small town of Whitworth, Lancashire. This dark comedy explores the relationship between humanity, consumerism and the desire for professional success.

Although the play was originally meant to be directed by Wyllie Longmore, he unfortunately had to drop out due to ill health. Luckily, Adam and Wyllie were able to enlist Salford graduate and current PhD student Sean Gregory to take his place. As Sean explains; “I’ve been attached to the play in some way for quite a while now (I read the first draft back in 2013) and I’ve been advising from the venue’s side as Theatre Development Coordinator for Waterside Arts Centre, so when Adam and Wyllie told me about the situation it felt like I was the natural fit.”

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Mock The Dock: a new collaboration between the University of Salford and the BBC

31 October 2014

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On 29th October a fantastic new collaboration between the University of Salford and the BBC, called ‘Mock The Dock’, was launched.

The brainchild of Performance: Comedy Practices pathway leader Lisa Moore and the BBC’s Robin Cramp, with input from executive producer for BBC Comedy North Rebecca Papworth. ‘Mock The Dock’ is an ingenious new comedy platform (pardon the pun) that took place on a private tram travelling from MediaCityUK, through Manchester to its final destination of Piccadilly.

 Aboard the tram were randomly selected people from the BBC and other organisations based at MediaCityUK who were treated to an hour of the finest stand-up and live sketch comedy from some of the region’s funniest up and coming comedians. The acts include Phil Ellis, Panel Prize winner at Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards and Phoenix Nights’ Janice Connolly as her much loved housewife character Barbara Nice. A number of our Performance Comedy Practices graduates also performed sets along the way, including Edinburgh Fringe ‘Best Newcomer’ nominees Gein’s Family Gift Shop and stand-up comedians Tom Short and Lucy Simons.

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Popular Music & Recording Graduate is Nominated for a MOBO Award

15 October 2014

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Kristyna Myles graduated from the University of Salford in 2005 with a first class honours degree in Popular Music & Recording and since then she has made the journey to becoming an award winning recording and touring gospel singer.

Her journey began immediately after graduating when she began busking on the streets of Manchester City Centre with fellow Salford graduate Ben Williams, which gave her the opportunity to sing in front of hundreds of people on a daily basis. It wasn’t long before she was spotted by the music industry, and a note from a music manager was slipped into her guitar case while she was busking. The pair also won the BBC Radio 5 Live ‘Busk Idol’ competition, which opened many doors for Kristyna and led to her being singed to the renowned imprint, Decca Records in 2010.

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Comedy Practices student has sketch aired on BBC Radio 4

13 October 2014

radio4Third year Performance: Comedy Practices student Joshua Boland-Burrell got his first taste of the limelight when a comedy sketch he had written was aired on BBC Radio 4’s The Show What You Wrote.

His hilarious sketch entitled The End of the World was inspired by his experience of receiving endless cold calls from telephone and internet providers, and the notion that even after a nuclear fallout, these call centres would still probably exist. He originally developed the idea after seeing the brief for The Show What You Wrote on BBC Writers Room, however after suspecting that the sketch had not been selected, he continued to work on it when he began the Radio Comedy module in his second year of study. ‘The Radio Comedy module is a comedy writer’s dream,’ says Josh, “the first week is a crash course in sketch writing and the next five weeks are a mad dash to write, record sound effects, rehearse, record the show and edit it down to a 30 minute, all singing, all dancing segment.”

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The University of Salford at Noise Festival 2014

13 October 2014

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Noise Festival is an annual celebration of up and coming creative talent in the UK. The festival is made up of various events across the country throughout September, October and November and is curated by several key figures from the creative industry. This year’s curators include musician Brian Eno (music & arts), fashion designer Giles Deacon (fashion), director Clive Barker (film), games designer Ian Livingston CBE (games & interactive), and comedian Doc Brown (comedy) among others.

Between them they have picked their favourite artists, musicians, designers and performers from a shortlist of thousands and it should come as no surprise that many of the people they picked learned their craft at the University of Salford. In addition to having their work showcased at one of the Noise Festival 2014 events, they also get their portfolio and contact details published on the Noise website and receive mentorship and guidance from their respective curators. Here are the Salford graduates that the Noise curators picked:

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MA Music student co-produces Mercury Prize shortlisted album.

13 October 2014

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The new album v2.0 by Manchester based jazz trio GoGo Penguin has been shortlisted for one of the most respected prizes in the music industry; the Mercury Prize ‘Album of the Year’. We are proud to say that the album was co-produced by MA Music student Joe Reiser and Interactive Music & Advanced Studio Production pathway leader Brendan Williams.

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Joshua Tindall – My Placement at Sky News

1 October 2014

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Joshua Tindall is a final year BA Journalism: Broadcast student who recently spent three weeks on a dream placement at Sky News. We asked Joshua to write a guest blog about his experience and here’s what he had to say:

My Placement at Sky News

Placements are a fantastic opportunity to learn new things to use in university and in your career once graduated. They can be competitive, as I found when I applied for a three week work placement at the internationally recognised news channel, Sky News.

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