Events

American Theatre Arts: The Barn Season

Final year students from our BA (Hons) American Theatre Arts programme perform in three production in our iconic Barn Theatre. 

 

Trojan Women

by Euripides


Director Matthew Gordon Martin
Lighting Designer Nat Green
Sound Designer Zack Beniston / James Fraser
Costume Designer Katie Khushi

In the aftermath of a war that has seen their city defiled, Hecuba and her children await their fate at the hands of a pitiless enemy.

Inspired by American collagist, Charles L Mee, this new version of Euripides’ classic anti-war play revisits the lesser known myth of the willing martyr, Polyxena.

“Euripides’ shocks to the system have lost none of their power over the centuries.”
Rush Rehm, Greek Tragedy and the Modern World

Barn Theatre
Thursday 21 March - 7.30pm
Friday 22 March - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 23 March - 2.30pm

Admission: £7 full price
(Concessions: £5 for 65+ & students)

Cast:

Polyxena                    Chloe Boulger
Cassandra                  Sara Lindbach
Hecuba                      Halldora Thoell
Helen                         Amber Rose Carr
Andromache               Georgia White
Talthybius                   Samuel Chapman-Mills
Soldier / Menelaus      Joseph Mark

Chorus                                               
Olivia Ahmadi
Morgan Ashley
Josephine Box
Darcey O’Rourke
Sophie Todd

 

Past Performances
 

Figures

by Steven Dykes. 


Director Steven Dykes
Musical Director Callum Hughes
Lighting Designer Luke Jackson
Sound Designer Zack Beniston / James Fraser
Costume Designer Katie Khushi

A musical play tracing the lives of a chorus of American women in the second half of the 20th Century, from the illicit comforts of the homefront in World War Two, through the McCarthy witch-hunts of the ‘50s, the protest movements of the ‘60s and anarchic punk scene of the ‘70s, to the conservatism of Reagan’s America and late ‘90s anxiety at the approach of a New Millennium.

Barn Theatre
Thursday 7 March - 7.30pm
Friday 8 March - 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 9 March - 2.30pm

Cast:

’45   Sophie Todd
‘57   Olivia Ahmadi
‘64   Keely Runton
‘76   Darcey O’Rourke
‘83   Morgan Ashley
‘98   Josephine Box

In the Blood

by Suzan-Lori Parks


Director: Samia LaVirgne
Lighting Designer: Nat Green
Sound Designer: Zack Beniston / James Fraser
Costume Designer: Katie Khushi


In a contemporary reworking of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter, Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, battles with feckless lovers, callous authority figures and the ambitions of her own children.

“Tragedy stalks Hester as relentlessly as it does the doomed queens of Euripides and Racine... Ms. Parks isn’t about to let us off the hook, any more than five-fingered fate is going to relinquish its hold on Hester.”
 Ben Brantley, New York Times
 

Cast:
Hester, La Negrita                 Anna Ajobo
Reverend D / Baby               Cristyn-Mohammed Higgins-Sinclair                    
The Welfare Lady / Bully       Yasmin Dawes
The Doctor / Trouble             Ryan Ellis
Amiga Gringa / Beauty          Jana Petrova
Chilli / Jabber                       Aruna Jalloh