TORCH Goes Digital! Performance

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ― Oscar Wilde

Performance Poster - purple background, man dancing on stage

Good morning, and welcome to the ninth week of #TORCHGoesDigital! We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who tuned in to watch our sixth Big Tent, Live Events! discussion with Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King. Maaza spoke with Professor Elleke Boehmer, Birhanu T. Gessese, Professor Tsehai Berhane-Selassie, and Professor Richard Reid. #TORCHGoesDigital! and our Big Tent, Live Events! would not be the successes they are without your interest, appreciation and interaction.

This week, we are focusing on the theme of "Performance". Performative elements are present in every society over the globe, from the tragedies of Ancient Greece to Biblical tableaus of the Middle Ages, and the performance art of Marina Abramović.

Working with the great wealth of material created by the incredible researchers at the University of Oxford and beyond, the TORCH Team has curated a brilliant programme of blog posts, podcasts, news articles, poems, performances and more for you to enjoy. 

This week, we will be considering questions such as:

  • How did the notion of "celebrities" come about? 
  • How was medieval song performed? 
  • What is the Brechtian style of acting?
  • How was Oscar Wilde received in Vienna?

This Thursday 21st May 2020, 5.00pm-6.00pm​, we have our next Big Tent, Live Events! live-streamed discussion. Join us for an in-conversation with multi-award winning artist, Jamelia, as we explore themes related to music, performance, and what it means to be an artist on lockdown. 

Remember, we are happy to feature content submissions related to this theme, be it a poem, artwork, blog post, or book review!

Unleash your creativity, and send your suggestions and content to