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David Roberts

About David Roberts

Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University
212, 2014

A new Conservatoire for Birmingham

By |December 2nd, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on A new Conservatoire for Birmingham

We were recently delighted to publish designs for the ambitious new £40m+ home of Birmingham Conservatoire, set to open in 2017.
As with many new building designs, the concepts were subject to a healthy debate online, via our Facebook page.

So, we thought we’d continue the debate here, starting with a guest blog post from Dean of […]

1102, 2013

Matthew Bourne wakes up Sleeping Beauty

By |February 11th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Matthew Bourne wakes up Sleeping Beauty

Professor David Roberts, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University, praises the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s latest re-imagining of a ballet classic.

One of my few and, it has to be said, less happy experiences of going to the ballet was a trip to see Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping […]

3101, 2013

A Great Brummie Film-maker

By |January 31st, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on A Great Brummie Film-maker

Professor David Roberts, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University, comments on the achievements of an influential figure in British film history – Sir Michael Balcon.

He gave Alfred Hitchcock his first chance to direct. He produced The Thirty-Nine Steps. He headed up Ealing Studios in the glory […]

1601, 2013

e-books and p-books

By |January 16th, 2013|Opinion|1 Comment

By Professor David Roberts, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University, discusses the exciting moment of text history we’re in with electronic and paper books.

It’s a great case of orthographic sabotage. Such was the giddy rise of the e-book that someone somewhere decided it wasn’t right to […]

901, 2013

Teenagers to be encouraged to learn classic poetic works

By |January 9th, 2013|Opinion|2 Comments

Professor David Roberts, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English at Birmingham City University, shares his views on Government’s new plans to improve the understanding of poetry in schools and how great possessing the magical intricacy of a poem can be.

Our heads are full of off-cuts, shards of language splintered from […]

2009, 2011

Big City Culture – Where Next?

By |September 20th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off on Big City Culture – Where Next?

Professor David Roberts, Head of the School of English at Birmingham City University

Over the past few years Jo Birch in RIES has been working her socks off promoting the University’s contribution to Birmingham’s artistic and cultural scene. She was the mastermind behind the New Generation Arts Festival, which saw students and graduates from across the […]

202, 2011

Five hundred years of tragic bimbos

By |February 2nd, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off on Five hundred years of tragic bimbos

Professor David Roberts, Head of the School of English at Birmingham City University

It’s not often that a new opera is described as one of the arts events of the year, but Mark Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole, commissioned for performance at Covent Garden in February,has already generated a fever of media interest. You might wonder how […]