Amazing Acts

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Eleanor Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Drama, is reflecting on the success of the inaugural Oxford Brookes University festival , ‘Amazing Acts’, which ran at the Pegasus Theatre from 8-12 May. Eleanor says: "Amazing Acts was an invigorating week showcasing excellent, inspiring work from across the university." Highlights included An Evening of New Writing with Philip Pullman, during which the man himself hosted a presentation of new student work from the department’s thriving MA in Creative Writing. The Poetry Centre had collaborated with various science specialisms to produce science-inspired creativity: the audience enjoyed poetry readings by Fiona Sampson, a prose piece about building a treehouse and even a song composed about the humble bumblebee played on acoustic guitar. Other events included a sold-out evening of Café-Theatre Parisien, Drama showcase, Sonic Art and Film showcase, social sculpture ‘Illuminate’ and a ‘Sound Shower’ installation, plus GAIT, a dance piece inspired by cutting-edge research into movement analysis, performed to Music composed using the scientists’ data. Next year’s festival in 2013 will build on the success of this one, so watch this space… See the Science Writes to Life gallery.