|Harry Potter's Aunt To Talk At Roehampton University
Fiona Shaw to explain ‘vital importance of language’ in performance
Multi-Olivier award winning actress and director Fiona Shaw will speak about her life on stage, screen and in the director’s chair, when she gives a high profile public lecture at the University of Roehampton in May.
Having trained at Rada, where she was awarded the Bancroft gold medal, Fiona achieved critical acclaim with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. She also starred in the 1990 film Three Men and a Little Lady and appeared in five Harry Potter films as Harry’s aunt, Petunia Dursley. On Tuesday 19 May she will give the University’s annual Hopkins Lecture, entitled A night without a staircase (acting into the unknown).
During the lecture, to be held at Whitelands College, Fiona will talk about her varied career which has often involved reinventing or rediscovering through experimentation. She will explain how throughout her work she has seen and understood the vital importance of language iApril 4, 2015 works become modern plays.
The lecture is open to anyone with an interest in Fiona Shaw’s work and roles, or who would like an insight into some of the most interesting performances of the last 20 years. The lecture is free, but booking is required, visit www.roehampton.ac.uk/hopkins
Head of English and Creative Writing at the University, Professor Laura Peters, said:
The Hopkins Lecture is organised annually in memory of poet Gerald Manley Hopkins, who trained as a Jesuit priest and later taught Classics at Manresa House in Roehampton, when it was owned by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The building is now called Parkstead House and is home to the University of Roehampton’s Whitelands College. Previous Hopkins speakers have included Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, and Sir Andrew Motion, the former poet laureate
April 2, 2015