Drama Students from New College, Swindon are set to stage two evenings of new one act plays that will go on to be seen at local and national theatre festivals.
The first group of students who will be performing at the College’s Phoenix Theatre are part of the National Theatre Connections, a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people. Connections is produced by the National Theatre and kindly supported by Arts Council England and a number of individuals, trusts and foundations.
Each year new plays are commissioned for and about young people from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland, making connections one of the largest celebrations of youth theatre.
National Theatre Connections is an annual event involving 230 young theatre groups and 22 leading partner theatres. New College Drama Students are staging ‘Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy’ by Jonathan Harvey. When a stranger comes to a crumbling seaside town looking for his friend Darren, he discovers that he was killed in a homophobic hate crime. As the secrets of the past come spilling out, we learn that for Darren’s group of friends, all is not quite as it first seems.
After the performance at the Phoenix Theatre the students will stage the play again at their partner theatre, the Salisbury Playhouse on 3 May 2013. They could, if selected, also perform at the National Theatre itself when the Connections Festival Performances run from 3-8 July 2013.
Another group of A-Level Drama students are also performing at the showcase and entering another prestigious festival. The students have written and devised their own play ‘Strings’. Using a quote from controversial stand up comedian Bill Hicks as a stimulus, this is an experimental performance with a post-modernist structure, combining a mixture of theatrical styles to create a visionary masterpiece…or maybe just a giant puppet-show?
This brand new work will then go onto to be seen at the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival at the Arts Centre, Swindon running from 12-14 April 2013 as part of the All England Theatre Festival & National Drama Festivals Association. Last year the students play ‘Capti-Gaeth’ was nominated in the best new play category.
The One Act Drama Showcase is on Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 February 2013 @ the Phoenix Theatre, New College, Swindon beginning at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and are available by contacting email@example.com. Tickets will also be available on the door on both performance nights. Please
note both plays contain material which is only suitable for ages 15 and over.
More information on the National Theatre Connections programme can be found at www.nationaltheatre.org.
Details on the Harold Jolliffe Festival are available at www.swindonweb.com/hj1act.
Visit www.newcollege.ac.uk for information on other performances at the Phoenix Theatre.