Published: 22 March 2017 at 13:40
Student troupe to tour local primary schools
Spring 2017 sees the launch of Anglia Ruskin’s new Community Theatre Company, beginning with a funded professional partnership for a Theatre in Education tour.
The student performers will tour local primary schools with an interactive performance about Michael, the recycling champion for East Cambridgeshire District Council.
As well as offering an opportunity for Anglia Ruskin’s Drama and Performing Arts students to experience being part of a touring company, each year one fortunate student will be selected to complete an official work placement with the group. For this project, it is third year BA (Hons) Drama student Rachel McCook.
The students will also find out what it’s like to work under a professional director, Matthew Townshend of MT Productions, who also wrote the script for the production. Matthew has a history with educational theatre, having previously been a member of the National Youth Theatre as well as Artistic Director of the Young National Trust Theatre.
He said of the project:
Michael’s costume was designed by nine-year-old Brooke Smith, a Year Four pupil at Littleport Community Primary School, following a competition organised by the Council.
Seventeen Drama and Performing Arts Students, across all three year groups, have already signed up to the company, and Senior Lecturer in Drama Heather Lilley is also hoping to recruit students from other courses such as Film Studies to help record the project. She said:
The company will tour ten primary schools during the last week of March and from 17-21 April, and has been busy rehearsing for most of this Semester.
They will also be arranging a performance of the piece in Covent Garden Drama Studio Cambridge for invited parties including the council, local press, local schools, University staff and families of the students taking part.