19th Aug, 2017

Stage is set to step back in time

Aaron Wise 19th Apr, 2017

UNIVERSITY of Worcester drama students are hosting an interactive performance which tells the tale of the city’s history.

The second year drama and performance students will take the public on a journey through time on Tuesday, May 9, as they move between The Infirmary Museum, The Commandery and The Museum of Royal Worcester.

Titled ‘Remnants of Worcester’, the performance will play out periods in history from the 1600s to present day, focusing on real people and true events.

Through a mixture of rehearsed theatre and experimental performance, the play will focus on Charles Hastings’ speech at the formation of what was to become the British Medical Association, which took place at the Worcester Royal Infirmary – now the University’s City Campus – in 1832.

Students will also re-enact the visit of King George III and Queen Charlotte to the Worcester Porcelain Works, before they granted the Royal Warrant to the factory.

Jessica Bishop, a 22-year-old second year drama and performance student, said: “This has been a great opportunity as we don’t normally get to work with real life historical stories.

“All three of the museums have been very welcoming and gave up their time to go into further detail about the history they have a connection with.

“It’s been a good experience for us because it allowed us to get out and about in the community. In addition, we’ve gained more experience as actors working within different environments and with a range of professionals.”

Tom Drayton, BA drama and performance lecturer, said: “Many performance assessments are private exams, but I think the chance to create theatre for the public, and to work for and with cultural organisations, is a brilliant opportunity.

“I think it’s integral students understand how theatre companies can work outside of the theatre space.”

The performance is free and runs from 10.45am to 1.15pm.

Visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Remnants of Worcester to book a place or for more information.

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