Students from all three levels of our Drama and Musical Theatre courses were involved in a prestigious showcase of work at Birmingham Rep’s new 300 seater studio theatre last month.
Two plays written by students in the second-year module: “Text: How Plays Work”, were directed by the writers and presented alongside pieces by students from Birmingham School of Acting and Newman College.
The plays were performed by actors from all years of the course along with two recent graduates.
Student actor, Michael Clayton, said: “I really enjoyed working with people from different year groups which you don’t often get a chance to do.”
The showcase provides the opportunity for students to take work that they have written forward to a full production in the region’s premier theatre. Sean Henderson, writer and director of the play Tender commented: “The Rep is one of my favourite theatres, and to see something I have written put on there was fantastic.”
The plays were produced by the students working alongside staff from The Rep. Final-year Musical Theatre student, Beth Doherty, who was the production manager for both pieces, said: “I was in a real work environment alongside a professional stage manager and technicians and having to operate at a professional level.”
Fellow final-year Musical Theatre student, Leah Perks, collaborated with the theatre’s marketing department on publicising the event and the performers were: Michael Clayton, Luke Ward, Sabrina Nabi, Stevie Dolman, Hannah Puttock, Bethany Smith, Anna Tomkinson, Laura Brown, Sonia Hewitt, Niko Adylipour, and Jason Lee.
Chelsea Kinnear, writer and director of the play “Tea and Serenity”described the event as: “A really emotional experience, seeing our plays there on the rep stage and hearing the reactions of the audience.”