Friday, 20 October 2017

Figures behind the Figures: Prof Paul Allain

Each term I feature a different Kent award winner in the Research Services newsletter, looking at their research and discussing their career path and funding track record. Earlier in the year I featured Prof John Batchelor. Dr This time the spotlight falls on Prof Paul Allain in the School of Arts.  

Few can say that they cut their research teeth by slipping under the Berlin Wall in the 1980s to join a Polish theatre group travelling to the provinces to perform. But Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance, did just that.

He had been a jobbing actor in London, but had signed up to do a PhD at Goldsmiths to explore the physical performance styles for which Polish theatre was known at the time. He subsequently worked as a movement director, using knowledge gained from his training with actors such as Jude Law and Simon Russell Beale.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

You Wouldn't Let It Lie

Big news in the short-staffed Department for Exiting the European Union. They've managed to get Bob Mortimer, partner of Vic Reeves, to step up to the plate as its Chief Scientist.

This is excellent news. In these troubled times it's important to have clowns and comedians at the helm. I mean, it worked for David Davis, didn't it?

Any relation to Chris Jones, the Department's Director for Justice, Security and Migration is, of course, entirely coincidental.