English & Drama student takes Road Less Travelled to festival success

Published: 28 April 2014 at 15:15

Sabrina Poole (left) accepts the award for best play from Councillor Maurice Leeke and Robert Meadows of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators

Play by History Senior Lecturer takes honours at two events

A new play by Dr Sean Lang (Senior Lecturer, History) has received great recognition at two recent drama festivals. The Road Less Travelled, presented under the auspices of Anglia Ruskin Creative, was directed by English and Drama student Sabrina Poole, and competed against some very well-known and highly experienced drama societies from around the region.

In March it was shown at the Sawston Drama Festival, where it took the honours for Best New Play, Best Actor and overall First Prize. This success was followed up at the Cambridge Drama Festival in May, when it won the Best New Play award again and was also nominated for best actor (Oliver Scott) and best lighting design (Emily Fischbeck Luthentun).

Dr Lang said: "For reasons too complicated to go into, the (Sawston) production had to be put together at short notice, with a substitute cast and minimal rehearsal, all within three weeks.

"I think Sabrina has done a tremendous job putting it all together so successfully and in such a short space of time. She certainly deserves recognition."

The play will soon be published in a collection called Dramatic Shorts, edited by Anglia Ruskin drama graduate James Quince.

Our congratulations go to Sabrina, Sean and the rest of the Anglia Ruskin Creative team for all their success.