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Behind Closed Doors: dramatizing hidden truths in real stories

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START DATE 23 February 2017
START TIME 03:00pm
LOCATION

Room C126, College Building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 23 February 2017
END TIME 04:00pm

James Kenworth - Middlesex University media lecturer and playwright - discusses questions of historical accuracy, biography, interpretation, and the delicate balance between fidelity to the truth and the need to tell a good story

You are invited to this Language and Communication Research seminar with playwright and media lecturer at Middlesex University, James Kenworth.

In 1931 Gandhi came to London to press for the Independence of India. Instead of staying in a West End hotel he lived in an East London community centre. Charlie Chaplin was also in London at the same time for the British premiere of City Lights, and wanted to meet Gandhi.

Writer James Kenworth’s critically acclaimed play, When Chaplin Met Gandhi, told the story of this remarkable meeting between two of the greatest figures of the Twentieth Century. No one really knows what took place at the meeting between these two men as it was held behind closed doors, which meant that conjecture and supposition played a large part in the writing of the script.

James discusses questions of historical accuracy, biography, interpretation, and the delicate balance between fidelity to the truth and the need to tell a good story.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests.

For more information or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou

Reviews

“While holding with its presentation of character, this play also passes on a surprising amount of information and in an educational context could provide a valuable starting point for exploration of the topics it touches on and discussion of the issues it raises.” British Theatre Guide

“This is a show that mixes history and fiction to craft a fine piece of theatre with a message for our times.” thepublicreviews

Biography

James Kenworth is a qualified teacher, playwright and creative writing/drama workshop leader/devisor.

His plays include Johnny Song, Gob, Polar Bears, issue-led plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse), Dementia’s Journey (Dementia), and site-specific plays When Chaplin Met Gandhi (Kingsley Hall), Revolution Farm (Newham City Farm) and A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham (Newham Libraries/Community Links). His play, Dementia’s Journey, won the 2015 University of Stirling International Dementia Award in the category: Dementia & the Arts.

When Chaplin Met Gandhi has recently been published by TSL Publications.

He currently lectures in English, creative writing, and media for Middlesex University.

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