Voices Off

Talks and debates inspired by our productions

A series of talks, conversations and debates, given by leading voices in the arts, media, science and politics, which explores the themes raised by the productions on our main stage in creative ways.

Our next events are inspired by Woyzeck, Queers and Girl from the North Country.

WOYZECK

Fighting Trauma: PTSD and the Military
Tue 30 May, 5.15pm. Baylis Bar

Should the army be doing more to support soldiers, both on active duty and at home? While the Armed Forces Covenant sets out a promise to treat them fairly, what exactly does ‘fair’ mean? Many argue that there still remain large gaps in the care system and PTSD and other psychological trauma are not yet classed as official wounds of war.

Panelists include Lt Gen Andrew Graham (Chairman, Combat Stress), Lt Gen Sir Andrew Gregory (Chief Executive, SSAFA) and Dr Emily Mayhew (Military Medical Historian, author of A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond). The talk will be chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely (Co-Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research; President, Royal College of Psychiatrists; and Trustee, Combat Stress).

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On Nature
In Association with Mishcon de Reya
Thu 15 Jun, 5pm. Auditorium

‘Really I don’t like human nature unless all candied over with art’ Virginia Woolf

A panel led by Anthony Julius (Deputy Chairman, Mishcon de Reya) will consider Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Büchner’s Woyzeck in the context of 19th century modernism, culture and psychoanalysis, and consider its presentation of the darker side of human nature.

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On Nurture: How to Make a Difference
Mon 19 Jun, 5.15pm. Baylis Bar

‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other’ Mother Teresa

In the face of growing inequality in the UK today, a panel of activists and policy makers discuss what we can do to protect the most vulnerable, to try to ensure no one gets left behind.

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QUEERS

Queers: The Next 50 Years
Thu 27 Jul, 5.30pm. Rehearsal Room

‘And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love’ Lin-Manuel Miranda

On 27 July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act began the decriminalisation process for homosexuality between men. While much has changed since then, how equal are LGBTQ people in the UK today? And are some of the hardest-won liberties now under threat?

On the day of the Act’s 50th anniversary, we will ask what the next 50 years should look like for LGBTQ rights – where do we go from here, and, more importantly, how do we get there?

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GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

Can Lyrics be Literature?
Thu 28 Sep, 6pm. Rehearsal Room

‘Songwriters are not poets’ Simon Armitage

Did Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature win redefine the boundaries of literature? Or do we, by calling it poetry, deny music a place as its own unique art form? A group of poets, musicians and performance artists discuss the relationship between lyrics and poetry.

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WOYZECK

Fighting Trauma: PTSD and the Military
Tue 30 May, 5.15pm. Baylis Bar
Tickets: £6
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On Nature
In Association with Mishcon de Reya
Thu 15 Jun, 5pm. Auditorium
Tickets: £6
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On Nurture: How to Make a Difference
Mon 19 Jun, 5.15pm. Baylis Bar
Tickets: £6
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QUEERS

Queers: The Next 50 Years
Thu 27 Jul, 5.30pm. Rehearsal Room
Tickets: £6
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GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

Can Lyrics be Literature?
Thu 28 Sep, 6pm. Rehearsal Room
Tickets: £6
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