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The Art of Making Theatre: Pamela Howard in Conversation with Pavel Drábek

23 November 2022 6:00 pm

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Scenographer and musical theatre director Pamela Howard OBE, creator – among many other memorable productions – of the wonderful Ballad of the Cosmo Café, will be talking to Pavel Drábek, Professor of Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull, about her recently-published ‘graphic memoir’, The Art of Making Theatre: An Arsenal of Dreams in 12 Scenes.

In her new book, Pamela Howard shows how her life has always been part of the art of making theatre. Part memoir, part a personal account of artistic creation, it is a work of art in its own right. Its 12 chapters, accompanied by original drawings, offer insights into her creative processes and the journey through life of a celebrated artist, ranging from her early life and influences, to her time at art college and the inspiration she gained from travelling the world.

Following the trajectory of her life, the 12 ‘dreams’ are poised between memory and history and give an account of an artist’s growth, resilience, working patterns, and life-changing encounters with remarkable personalities, as well as the practical side of working in the theatre, in visual arts and in education. Her art also tells unexpected stories of little-noticed people and émigré communities. Pamela ‘s dreams have led her to work across the globe and teach and inspire several generations of theatre makers, scenographers, designers and visual artists.

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23 November 2022
6:00 pm
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