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New York Teen a Finalist in the 2016 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

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Abel Garcia, finalist, competing at Lincoln Center in New York City.

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare on stage at Lincoln Center in New York City, ABEL GARCIA from New York, NY, a student of Gabriel Silva at The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in New York, won a place as one of the 10 finalists in the 33rd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition took place on May 2, 2016 with 55 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Abel previously won the ESU New York Branch competition.

Watch videos of the 2016 Competition Finalists. 


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The Mayflower

The Mayflower Sailed from London
a talk by
Robert Hulse
co-sponsored by
The Society of Mayflower Descendants

In Rotherhithe, borough of Southwark, south-east London, stands a statue of a ship captain, which is inscribed: In memory of Christopher Jones, Captain of The Mayflower, who landed 102 planters and adventurers and founded the first permanent settlement in Massachusetts. Although most people think the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, initially the Mayflower set sail from Rotherhithe only to turn back when her companion ship, the Speedwell proved leaky. The second attempt, from Plymouth to the New World, succeeded, and the rest, as they say, is history. This lecture will tell the story of Southwark in 1620, a place of great vitality and extreme contrasts and from where the Mayflower began her voyage to the New World.  

Register here. 


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The Real World of Sherlock

The Real World of Sherlock
a talk by
Professor B. J. Rahn
co-sponsored by
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes


Based on the new paperback edition of
The Real World of Sherlock, this lecture by Professor B.J. Rahn explores how closely (or not) Holmes' fictional world represents Victorian life. This lecture will provide a fascinating insight into crime and detection in nineteenth-century London by tracing how the work of police detectives and CSI evolved in this era. From footprint analysis and human blood testing to fingerprinting and crime-scene photography, comparing Holmes' methods with official procedures yields several surprises as does research into Sherlock's fabled drug addiction. 

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ESU Players

Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Importance of Being Earnest  follows two bachelor's leading double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must not only grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions but the formidable Lady Bracknell! 


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Prize Draw: Win 2 tickets to our Richard III Lecture

                  The King Under the Car Park:
                   The Search for Richard III
                                 a talk by 
                    Richard Buckley, OBE, PhD


To enter: Follow us on Twitter @ESUUSNational and re-tweet the competition post. The prize draw closes 04.07.2016. T&C apply. 


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