Ché Walker’s The Cane is one of three pieces of new writing being performed by Final year BA (Hons) Actor and Actor Musicianship students for a season at Bargehouse on London’s South Bank from 8-11 June 2016.
For the second consecutive year, students will be collaborating with The Bush Theatre, Theatre Ad Infinitum and Theatre 503 to create three exciting new pieces.
As three of the UK’s leading companies at the forefront of creating new work, these new plays will explore a range of current issues. From the continuing refugee crisis, to a journey though Britain’s complex ethnic and cultural identities, the pieces are a provocative exploration of urgent contemporary themes. The companies, known for producing innovative and sometimes controversial new work, will be working with emerging young actors to provide fresh and challenging perspectives both in form and content.
Nir Paldi, Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Ad Inifinitum, who is co-directing the devised play Run with George Mann, believes the new writing process is a vital part of drama school training;
"This is the second year we'll be devising a piece with students at Rose Bruford College. We are always struck by the speed at which students adjust to the devised making process and how they relish the opportunity to squeeze their creative juices to the max by being the writers, directors and performers of a piece all at the same time.
I believe that while the process can be challenging, it also empowers the students as artists and widens their perception of what they can achieve in their career as artists."
Niamh Dowling, Head of the School of Performance said;
“Rose Bruford College has always been the vanguard for experimentation, innovation and radical approaches to drama training and these projects continue that spirit.
Representing the final piece of work for these graduating Actors and Actor Musicians the productions provide them with an opportunity rare in Drama School training, to engage in a fully professional environment alongside some of Britain’s most dynamic directors and writers in the creation of bold new work.
In arguably ever restrictive times where the media control the narratives of the day, these collaborations point a way forward for progressive theatre by providing alternative views which are provocative, challenging and entertaining.”
The New Writing Season is part of ‘New Theatre Contemporaries’, the Colleges occupancy at Bargehouse, which also includes the Graduation Exhibition of students from the School of Design Management and Technical Arts.
(Picture by Robert Workman of Britain Ltd. in collaboration with Theatre Ad Infinitum, 2015 New Writing Season.)
New Theatre Contemporaries
Rose Bruford College New Writing Season (8-11 June)
The Cane by Ché Walker
Presented in association with The Bush Theatre
Directed by Che Walker
Foreverland by Dawn King
Presented in association with Theatre 503
Directed by Steve Harper and Tom Latter
Presented in association with Theatre Ad Infinitum
Directed by Nir Paldi & George Mann
Graduate Exhibition by the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts
Pictures by Robert Workman