FREE EVENT BUT TICKET REQUIRED
Tapping into the wealth of knowledge that resides in the University of Chester, our annual University at the Festival strand gives lecturers the chance to share their expertise with new audiences. This year, the mix of subjects is more diverse than ever, including the significance of a single month in 1871, Hilary Mantel’s work and a new manifesto for French leftists. These talks are free, unique and always fascinating.
January 1871. A stage adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel Ralph the Heir has garnered comments of indecency in the press. It is quickly followed on stage by Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old, the first operetta of Gilbert & Sullivan. Cartoonist and actress Marie Duval publishes a comic strip in Judy, or the London Serio-Comic Journal. Dr Simon Grennan of Chester University’s Centre for Narrative Drawing unfolds a fascinating series of connections that reveal the new entertainment industry of the late Victorian age.