American Theatre Arts (BA Hons) in collaboration with the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts presents:


Dance Nation by Clare Barron

Nominated for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

Directed by Monique Touko

Choreography by Priscilla Lafayette Kwabi

Designed by Ellie King

Lighting design by Charley Hardwick


Venue: Barn Theatre

Wednesday 28 April – 7.30PM

Thursday 29 April – 2.30PM & 7.30PM

Friday 30 April – 2.30PM


Blue on Blue by Steven Dykes

Jinnee: a child of fire, not quite divine, having the power to assume various forms.

“It was the name given to protect her privacy, chosen because it captures, to a small measure, the fact that she emerged into human society past childhood, having existed previously as something other than fully human.” Susan Curtiss, Professor of Linguistics, UCLA.

A writer and a critic struggle to extract fact from fiction as their passion for each other is tested by an obsession with their work: her research into the life of a ‘wild child’, his fascination with a maverick film-maker.


Directed by Steven Dykes

Designed by Esther Jones

Lighting design by Ryan Cowley


Venue: Barn Theatre

Thursday 6 May – 7.30PM

Friday 7 May – 2.30PM & 7.30PM

Saturday 8 May – 2.30PM

Due to Covid-19 capacity restrictions, tickets will be limited to students and academics only.  Unfortunately tickets will not be issued for general release. We appreciate your support and understanding during these challenging times and look forward to welcoming larger audiences when it is safe enough to do so.


Recommended age 14+

There are scenes of a physically intimate nature, gunshots and adult language in both productions.