Student Drama Showcase 2019
Students from Newman University, Hereford College of Arts, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester join together to present an evening of pieces created by each of their drama cohorts.
Newman University presents
AN EXTRACT FROM AFTER MRS ROCHESTER
by Polly Teale
After Mrs Rochester tells the story of the turbulent life of the writer Jean Rhys. Rhys was fascinated with Jane Eyre, and particularly Bertha Mason - the first Mrs Rochester and 'mad woman in the attic'. Placing Bertha onstage throughout as Jean's alter-ego, Polly Teale's remarkable dramatisation of Rhys's life gives full vent to this obsession, which would become the catalyst for her celebrated 1966 novel, Wide Sargasso Sea.
Hereford College of Arts presents
Inspired by Tim Crouch's I Shakespeare, this adaptation of Romeo & Juliet uses the original text but casts Juliet as another boy, 'Jay' and further explores lesser characters' key relationships. In a nightclub during a Jungle Drum & Bass night, boy meets boy and the fallout unfolds, including the Nurse's hidden love for Tybalt, and Mercutio's unrequited love for Romeo… chaos ensues.
University of Wolverhampton presents
7 IS HEAVEN
By Callum Perry
When we die our brain lives for another 7 minutes. What would you do? What would you think about? What would you feel? What would you regret? Some of us are taken because of our own actions, and some have no control. But how much of a difference does that really make? This original piece explores the concept of life after death, and how we choose to interpret our actions whilst we were alive. Some people would change everything, and others, nothing at all.
University of Worcester presents
AN EXTRACT FROM DNA
by Dennis Kelly
“We're in trouble now Phil. Don't know how this will pan out. Trouble now.”
Dennis Kelly's darkly comic modern classic explores savagery and humanity as we follow a group of school children in the aftermath of a shocking act of violence. First performed as part of the National Theatre's Connections festival in 2008, this bold new production by the University of Worcester's MA Theatre students recently toured to schools and colleges in the East Midlands.
Please be advised that this production will contain some strong language.
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