Introducing All@Alleyn's

We are delighted to introduce the All@Alleyn’s series of free-to-attend lectures and workshops for 2019, delivered by subject specialists, and to invite friends and neighbours from the local community to take part. There will be something for everyone, so please do come and participate – simply book your free place via this website.

All@Alleyn’s forms part of Alleyn’s School’s programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Edward Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift, alongside formal commemorative events and the launch of an ambitious bursary fundraising campaign.

Learn more about Alleyn’s 400 here.

Plosive Comedy in Dulwich with Lolly Adefope

Saturday 4 May, 8pm
Plosive’s flagship stand-up night, bringing the best in alternative comedy to south east London.

LOLLY ADEFOPE – star of ‘This Time with Alan Partridge’, ‘Taskmaster’, ‘QI’ and movies ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ – headlines May’s show.

Plus ‘Live at the Apollo’ star FERN BRADY, ‘Have I Got News For You’s TONY LAW and ‘Mock the Week’ regular and ‘People Just Do Nothing’ star TIFF STEVENSON.

Tickets: £17

Age restriction: 18+

For more information and booking you will be redriected to the Plosive Comedy website

Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson by Anna Pasternak

Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm


Who was the real Wallis Simpson?

On the 11th December 1936 Edward VIII’s abdication plunged the British monarchy and its government into crisis.  Determined to marry Wallis Simpson, the King didn’t pause to consider for a moment that she, not him, would be blamed for his history altering decision.

In Untitled, Anna Pasternak looks deep into the life and legacy of one of the most misjudged women in British royal history, seeking to understand an unusual and complex woman, and the untenable situation she became embroiled in.

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Alleyn's International Concert Series: Florian Mitrea, Pianist

Tuesday 18 June, 7.30pm

A rare opportunity to catch the superb young international prizewinning pianist Florian Mitrea in a dazzling programme that will include Liszt’s mighty Sonata in B minor alongside Viennese classics by Haydn and Beethoven, and a dash of some less well-known but exciting Romanian pieces.

Programme to include:
Haydn: Sonata in Eb Hob XVI/52 
Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C major 'Waldstein'
Liszt: Sonata in B minor

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All@Alleyn's Series: Archive Workshop

Tuesday 23 July, 1.30pm

Family History Drop-in Surgery with Miss Nicola Waddington (School Archivist)

Are you stuck at a point with your family history? This is a surgery session for people who would like to work on their family history overseen by a qualified archivist. Course participants will need a current subscription to the on-line family history sources that they wish to access in the session. Computers will be provided. You will work live on your project while having someone experienced with archive sources on hand to help with questions.

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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All@Alleyn's Series: History

Thursday 7 November, 7pm

Who are the Germans? by Dr Gary Savage (Headmaster)

As the UK redefines its relationship with the EU, it has perhaps never been more important to try to understand our close neighbours, sometimes friends and erstwhile enemies. This Lecture will do so via a whistle-stop analysis of some of the pivotal moments and personalities in German history, from the (Holy) Roman Empire and the Reformation to Bismarck and the Berlin Wall, right up until the present day – Merkel, the refugee crisis and the future.

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All@Alleyn's Series: English

Wednesday 24 April, 5pm

Shakespeare: a potted history of the 'Upstart Crow' by Mrs Claire Heindl

What do we know about the most famous of English playwrights and his place at the heart of the dynamic (and sometimes dangerous) world of Elizabethan theatre? From explosive performances, plague and posthumous publication to a still-thriving life-after-death, revisit the story of Ned Alleyn’s best known contemporary.

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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Bazaar with Sabrina Ghayour

Photo credit: Kris Kirkham

Tuesday 7 May, 7.30pm

Join us for an evening of chat and food demonstration with bestselling author of Persiana: Sabrina Ghayour. Sabrina will be returning to Dulwich to demonstrate some of the recipes from her new book: Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes.  

Sabrina will be talking to Guardian Food Journalist Felicity Cloake.

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Behind the Law: Tom Grant QC and William Clegg QC

Wednesday 5 June, 7.30pm

Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with two leading barristers who will be discussing their books and their work.

Court Number One by Tom Grant details some of the trials of the most famous and  infamous defendants of the twentieth century including Madame Fahmy, Ruth Ellis, Jeremy Thorpe and Ian Huntley. Grant will be talking about some of the cases from the book and also discussing the decline of a society built on deference and discretion, the tensions brought by a more permissive society and the rise of trial by mass media.

William Clegg QC’s book Under the Wig is a memoir by the QC who has fought some of the biggest murder trials in Britain. Clegg will be talking about his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the shooting of Jill Dando, to the man given life because of an ear print. All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict comes back, and how our right to a fair trial is now at risk.

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All@Alleyn's Series: Design and Technology

Wednesday 26 June, 2.15pm

The Letterpress Workshop with the Design and Technology Department

Come and discover the history and changing technology of letterpress with our Design and Technology Department, and carve and print with your own wooden letterpress letter.

Tickets are free but must be booked online. 

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All@Alleyn's Series: English

Tuesday 17 September, 5pm

Edith Wharton, the short story and the magazines, with Dr Sarah Whitehead (English)

Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald famously called it 'going whoring', but Edith Wharton made selling her stories to the magazines a lucrative means of further exercising her developed taste for irony. Find out how she beat the editors and advertisers at their own game and became the bestselling American writer of her age.

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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All@Alleyn's Series: History

Thursday 28 November, 7pm

Why Does 'The Lord of the Rings' Matter? An Evaluation of Tolkien's Key Text by Revd Anthony Buckley (former Chaplain of Alleyn's, currently City Rector of Oxford)

It was originally panned by critics but increasingly loved by readers. Why has The Lord of the Rings achieved such enduring popularity?

Tickets are free but must be booked online. 

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Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm

Join Village Books and Alleyn’s School Enterprises for an evening with Leah Hazard an NHS Midwife who will be talking about her new book Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story

Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS frontline, working within a maternity system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of vulnerability to remarkable displays of human strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, Leah has seen it all.

Hard Pushed is for fans of Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt and Christie Watson's The Language of Kindness, and tells the story of life at the frontline of the maternity ward.

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All@Alleyn's Series: Film Studies

Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm

'Shakespeare in Love' and all that: representations of the Elizabethans in film by Mr Mark Grogan

Britain in the late 16th century: one of cinema’s go-to periods for drama, suspense, and intrigue. From the many film versions of Shakespeare's plays, to explorations of the religious and political turmoil of the Elizabethan 'Golden Age', this short talk explores the cinematic representation of the people who lived on ‘this sceptred isle’ around the time of the founding of Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift in 1619. 

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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All@Alleyn's Series: Art History

Monday 17 June, 7pm

Camille Pissarro at work in Dulwich by Miss Alex Smith

What drew one of the most enigmatic Impressionist painters to our corner of South London? Explore how the atmosphere and landmarks (past and present) of Dulwich and its surroundings were captured by this French master and see some familiar sights in a new light.

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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All@Alleyn's Series: Archive Workshop

Tuesday 16 July, 1.30pm

A Beginner’s Guide to Family History with Miss Nicola Waddington (School Archivist)

This session focuses on the main sources for researching family history and demonstrates how to access sources via Ancestry. It takes the participants on a chronological journey, starting with the present, and works backwards looking at which archive sources can be used for which periods of history. 

Tickets are free but must be booked online.

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All@Alleyn's Series: Sport

Tuesday 8 October, 7pm

Holistic Development through Sport by Mr Dan Bearfoot-Fallon and Mr Gavin English

Director of Sport, Gavin English, and Dan Bearfoot-Fallon, our Sports First Aid Officer and functional movement specialist, talk about developing character through sport and ways to offer physiological support to young people, and help them to prevent and recover from injury.

Tickets are free but must be booked online. 

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The MCT at Alleyn's, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich SE22 8SU.   Box Office: 0208 557 1541.