Friday, 7 February 2014

Drama Production

Drama Production is one of the third year modules for BA (Hons) Drama students. This course gives students the opportunity to either act or direct a full length play. This is a great alternative to a dissertation for all those students who are fearful of essays. The exciting thing about this course is the prospective directors pitch play ideas which the course leaders choose from and then the actors get the chance to audition for the plays they prefer. I auditioned for three out of the four choices (it’s recommended that you audition for as many as possible) and was cast in Road by Jim Cartwright.

I am over the moon to be performing in this play and particularly to be playing Louise. Louise is a gentle soul who is quiet and follows the crowd. Her best friend Carol is much the opposite; energetic, loud and forthcoming. They make a comical double act which reflects my actual relationship with the actor who plays Carol, Bethany Fisher. For example, at the end of last summer we went to Essex for a friend’s birthday where we sustained roughly a level 10 on the hyperactive scale all weekend. Those that were there named us a double act as funny as Laurel and Hardy and as successful as Ant and Dec. I can imagine this is going to help us tremendously for our performance. The final scene of the play that features our characters heavily is set after a night out (at the post-lash), in preparation for this scene Beth and I are going to get drunk and film ourselves acting it out, then watch it when we’re sober and replicate our mannerisms. Not only will this help with our drunk acting abilities but it will also be a hilarious activity!

This play is set in Lancashire during the 1980’s and it highlights the inequality of Thatcher’s policies. Cartwright gives an eloquent voice to an ignored margin of society. If you’re interested in watching a black comedy with an excellent cast, come and watch on the 15th or 16th of May at Bathway Building in Woolwich.

University of Greenwich
Old Woolwich Public Baths
SE18 6QX

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