‘THE TRIALS OF COL. BARKER’: TWO TALKS BY ROSE COLLIS
Writer and performer Rose Collis will be giving two talks about her book Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment and the new stage play she is writing, based on the book, supported by Arts Council England.
At these special events, she will be talking about the research and creative processes involved in producing both works, and shedding light on the extraordinary, complex story of someone who veered from tragedy to farce to fame to obscurity, but who always strove to remain ‘a perfect gentleman’.
‘The story of Col Victor Barker – aka Valerie Arkell-Smith – is one of identity: gender identity, hidden identities, class identity and the conflict between private and public identities’, says Rose Collis.
Virago published Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment in 2001, and was greeted with enormous critical acclaim:
‘Excellent… treads a careful line between sensation and sentiment.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Collis’s unpretentious, ribald, chatty style carries this ripping yarn.’ Time Out
‘A fascinating tale…Collis has researched this book thoroughly, and she writes with a lively sense of humour.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Rose Collis has delved meticulously…and produced a remarkably gripping and, at times, quite hilarious story.’
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail, ‘Critic’s Choice’
‘Written with style and feeling…’ Financial Times
The events are:
Tuesday 28 February, 12.10pm, Free. Worthing Library, Richmond Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HD (fully accessible).
Sunday 5 March, 2pm. Jubilee Library, Conference Room 3, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE (fully accessible). Tickets £5, advance booking recommended: www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/165580
Both events will have Q&A sessions, and copies of Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment will be on sale.
The Trials of Colonel Barker will have its first rehearsed reading at the Purple Playhouse, 36 Montefiore Rd, Hove BN3 6EP (date tbc) in the second Hove Grown Festival of new writing taking place from March 24 to April 2.
V&A LUNCHTIME LECTURE BY ROSE COLLIS
Clemence Dane is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, described by her great friend Noel Coward as ‘a wonderful unique mixture of artist, writer, games mistress, poet and egomaniac.’
Yet her name and achievements are almost forgotten today: she was the first British woman screenwriter ever to win an Oscar, the inspiration for eccentric medium ‘Madame Arcati’ in Coward’s Blithe Spirit and a highly-regarded scriptwriter in Hollywood.
Join acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis as she talks about the life and work of this extraordinary woman, the subject of her new Arts Council-funded one-woman play, Wanting the Moon.
Wednesday 1st February, 13:00-13:45, in the Museum’s Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, . Part of the Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series. Lectures are free and no booking is required.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Gladstone Library Hearth Festival
Pull up a chair, gather around the hearth and indulge in a weekend of stimulating and entertaining conversation at our two-day micro-festival.
Saturday, 29th October
4pm – 5pm: Rose Collis – And Her Trouser-Wearing Characters
From women who wore the pants, to the darkest secrets of cities: internationally-acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis’s books and shows are like no-one else’s. Join Rose for an hour of stories, vignettes and songs as she talks about – and performs – extracts from her plays about some of her favourite characters from ‘alternative’ history.
Individual event tickets are priced at £12. Day tickets are priced at £32.50 which includes a lunch or dinner. Weekend tickets are priced at £55 including a meal on each day. All tickets include free entry to the panel discussion on Saturday evening with all four Hearth speakers during which they will reflect on reading and writing and guests are invited to put forward their most testing questions!
To book your tickets, please call 01244 532350 or email email@example.com.
Worthing Library is hosting a talk about the eccentric Clemence Dane – the first Oscar-winning British female screenwriter who lived for many years in a field near Midhurst.Clemence Dane (aka Winifred Ashton) is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, she was the first British woman screenwriter ever to win an Oscar, the inspiration for eccentric medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and a highly-regarded scriptwriter in Hollywood and Britain.For many years, she lived in two decorated caravans in a field near the Midhurst sandpits.
Rose Collis will be the speaker at this free, drop-in event which is part of Worthing Library’s free lunchtime talk programme.
Dane is also the subject of Rose’s new Arts Council-funded one-woman play, Wanting the Moon, which will have three preview performances at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, and Arundel Jailhouse in January 2016.
Lunchtime Talk – Wanting the Moon
Tuesday 1 December 2015
12.10pm – 12.50pm