Junkyard

24th Feb 2017 - 30th Apr 2017

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Pygmalion

4th Feb 2017 - 13th May 2017

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Common

29th May 2017 - 30th Sep 2017

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The House They Grew Up In

14th Jul 2017 - 5th Aug 2017

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  • Drug Development

    Headlong | Feb. 12, 2013

    Dr Mark Payton, the CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the biopharmaceutical company Oxagen, explains how new drugs are developed and why drug development is vitally important for our future health.

  • Prof Val Curran on The Effect

    Headlong | Feb. 6, 2013

    Psychopharmacologist, Val Curran, on the science behind The Effect.

  • Taking Part in a Clinical Drugs Trial

    Headlong | Feb. 1, 2013

    Aimee Dumbleton gives an insider’s view of what it is like to take part in a clinical drugs trial.

  • Brain Research

    Headlong | Jan. 29, 2013

    Dr.Chris Chambers explains how cognitive neuroscientists use techniques such as fMRI and TMS to investigate how our brains work.

  • The Placebo Effect

    Headlong | Jan. 9, 2013

    Val Curran, Professor of Psychopharmacology (UCL), demonstrates the placebo effect. 

  • Tragic Heroines?

    Sarah Grochala | Nov. 23, 2012

    Sam Curran (Tom) and Rachael Stirling (Medea) in Medea. Photo: Manuel Harlan.

     

    Can a woman take on the role of a tragic hero? Medea may have a tragedy named after her and play the starring role in it, but can she be considered a tragic hero in the strictest sense of the term? Greek drama abounds with feisty proto-feminist figures. While Orestes quakes in his sandals at the thought of murdering his mother, his sister Electra makes sure the deed gets done. Antigone buries her brother Polyneices’ body in open defiance of both her uncle Creon and the laws of the Thebes. When Clytemnestra’s husband Agamemnon sacrifices their daughter in order to get a fair wind to Troy, does she sit quietly by? No, of course she doesn’t. She takes over his throne, finds herself a new lover and when Agamemnon finally returns home after ten years of hard fighting, she murders him in his bathtub with an axe. Like Medea, these women are clever, determined and tough as nails, but are they tragic?

  • What Is Tragedy?

    Sarah Grochala | Nov. 12, 2012

    Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC. National Museum of Rome. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

     

    What do we mean when we say that something is tragic or a tragedy? Take a moment and think about the last time you used the word. Was it to describe something that had happened to someone that was sad, shocking or unfair? The disappearance of Madeline McCann or the death of Princess Diana might both be thought of as tragedies. Was it to describe a film or television programme, in which things end unhappily for the characters? Ronnie Mitchell on Eastenders might be thought of as a tragic character because everything always seemed to go so terribly wrong for her. Or perhaps, it was just to say that something was really bad? The footballer Stewart Downing’s performance last season might be thought of as tragic because he failed to score a single goal.

  • Inside a Medical Research Centre

    Maddy Wilson | Nov. 12, 2012

    Billie Piper (Connie), Jonjo O'Neill (Tristan) and Anastasia Hille in The Effect. Photo: Ellie Kurtz.

    After 45 minutes of being lost in a bleak industrial estate, I eventually discover Hammersmith Medicines Research at the end of an intersection, just off the Park Royal roundabout, adjacent to a factory building pumping flumes of smoke. The building is exactly what I expect: large, non-specific, stark and cold. I’m feeling a little trepidatious, to say the least.

  • Barack Obama - A Modern Tragic Hero?

    Simon Critchley | Nov. 2, 2012

    Watch Simon Critchley’s lecture Barack Obama and the American Void in full here


    There is something desperately lonely about Barack Obama’s universe. One gets the overwhelming sense of someone yearning for connection, for something that binds human beings together, for community and commonality, for what he repeatedly calls “the common good”. This is hardly news. We’ve known since his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic national convention that “there’s not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America – there’s the United States of America.”

  • Ancient Greek Theatre

    Sarah Grochala | Oct. 26, 2012

    A picture of the theatre of Dionysus in Athens taken in 1870 by Sebah Pascal (1823 - 1886).

     

    Euripides’ Medea was first performed in at the City Dionysia Festival in Athens in 431BC, nearly 2,500 years ago. What would it have been like to have attended the original production? It’s difficult to know for sure. There is not enough historical evidence to present a definitive picture and scholars argue over the exact details. There is, however, one thing we can know for sure. The experience of watching a play in the theatre in ancient Greece was very different from watching a play in a theatre today.