"This year has been an extremely challenging year for any students involved in the performing arts. The coronavirus pandemic has continued to hit hard. It has meant that the talented directors on this unique integrated Masters course have had to think of new ways to rehearse and present their work.
The course prepares the students to apply their skills across a range of dramatic media. It engages with a number of different directing methodologies and expects the directors to work both collaboratively and independently. It encourages the directors to find their own voice by using their interpretive skills on material that chimes with what they feel, think and want to say about the world.
It has been both a frustrating and exhilarating rehearsal process for all concerned.
The directors themselves chose the plays for this showcase and cast them from the third year Drama Centre actors, graduating this year. They are working with set and costume designers from the Performance: Design and Practice, supported by a professional production manager, lighting designer, and sound designer.
Enjoy this contemporary, formally experimental, thematically rich, and provocative set of plays."
- Tony Clark, Course Leader MA Directing
Trade by Ella Dorman-Gajic
Directed by Maddy Corner
“I could tell you I had no choice.
I could tell you I’m innocent.
But I know that wouldn’t be completely true”
Jana is on the cusp of adulthood; she’s started dating her first boyfriend and is getting ready to leave war-torn Serbia for the UK, to help provide for her family. The future looks bright and she has everything to live for.
When she wakes up in a basement in Bosnia however, unable to remember the night before, it begins to dawn on her that life doesn’t always follow the plans we make for it.
Ella Dorman-Gajic’s new play Trade takes us inside the European sex-trafficking industry, told through the eyes of a young Serbian girl as she attempts to find a place in a world she never asked to be a part of. As we are taken deeper, any sense of moral certainty evaporates and we are left questioning where to draw the line between victim and perpetrator.
Jana - Eileen Duffy
Stefan/Nikola/Man 1/Man 2/Police - Oscar Lloyd
Katarina / Girl 1 / Gucci Girl - Eleanor Roberts
Elena / Girl 2 / Hedgehog Girl - Aarushi Ganju
Assistant Director - Josh Silverlock
Set Designer - Natasha Gatward
Costume Designer - Jean Ocidio
Wardrobe Department - Isis Hurley-Jones
Mud by Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Martha J Baldwin
Mae and Lloyd live in desperate times. Plagued by Lloyd’s sickness and a lack of education, Mae yearns for change. When Henry arrives, those changes may be more than what she bargained for…
Written by 'the most influential female American dramatist of the 20th century', Mud is a stark and uncompromising drama that follows three characters in their frantic searches for self-realisation. Set in the surreal landscape of dust storms and economic depression, this often overlooked play is a masterful exploration of violence, cruelty and hope.
Mae - Beth Lindsey
Lloyd - Harry Stopps
Henry - Joe Bishop
Set and costume design - Melissa Sallabanks-Blissett
Sound Design - Kristina Kapilin
Lighting Design - Timothy Kelly
A Girl and a Revolutionary by Igor Simonov
Translated and directed by Anna Udras
“And we will give you the truth that you will love and you will not ask for any other truth”
It is the day of the October Revolution, the Bolsheviks are about to overthrow the government. The infamous Joseph Stalin, far from the front line in the fight for freedom, stays in hiding, hypothesising on his inevitable rise to power. His friend’s younger daughter, Nadia, stays with him and they speculate on the future, the philosophy of revolution, and the nature of love. The collision of these two historical figures is an occasion to see the nature of power and what it does to people.
Joseph Stalin - Rhys Nuttall
Nadia Allilueva - Julia Muszalska
Reporter (voice) - Kitty Parker
Designer- Yasmin Estanislao
Choreographer- Ciara Booker
Sound design- Kristina Kapilin
Lighting design- Timothy Kelly
Music credits- The Retuses / Bani
Mydidae by Jack Thorne
Directed by Poppy Sutch
Assistant director Daniel Bainbridge
One couple. One bathroom. One difficult day.
An intimate story exploring two people’s most private moments. Their life together is stripped bare for us to witness in all its aspects: their love, their shame, their despair. After all they’ve been through, what’s really holding their relationship together?
David - Ed McVey
Marian - Caroline Menton
*This amateur production of Mydidae is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
An Intervention by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Maya M Kyriazi
Two best friends. Two conflicting perspectives on life, politics and alcohol. A play about how responsible we are as people, friends and citizens towards each other.
A - Zoe May Dales
B - Drew Gregg
Assistant Director Thyrza Abrahams
Designed by Maia Frateantonio
*This amateur production of An Intervention is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Adapted and directed by Vaila Anderson
"I see it now, and so clearly tonight, that the opposite of love is despair."
An 18-year-old Irish girl moves to London to study at Drama School. She yearns for reinvention, striving to belong to Camden Town. Here, she finds herself falling deeply in love with an older actor. Together they must learn to exorcise their demons but do they have the strength to make each other whole?
Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Eimear McBride, ‘The Lesser Bohemians’ examines the exposing and all-consuming experience of falling in love for the first time.
E - Iona Anderson
S - James Warburton
Chorus Member 1 - David Ijiti
Chorus Member 2 - Amber Lin
Chorus Member 3 - Lauren Carter
Chorus Member 4 - Ben Butler
Chorus Member 5 - Eleanor Roberts
Designer: Iphigenia Garani
Assistant Director: Lauren Carter