Monday 25th September to Friday 8th December 2017
The opening performance of this semester will be Derailed by Little Soldier Productions - performing here on Monday 9th October at 7pm
Our newly arrived first-year students will then take to the stage a few weeks later as part of their Approaches to Theatre and Performance module. Using Howard Barkers The Possibilities as a jumping off point, they will develop four pieces of new work and stage them in the w/c 6th November.
Throughout November, the Workshop Theatre hosts a number of productions by student societies such as Theatre Group and Open Theatre in cooperation with stage@leeds and Leeds University Union (these performances take place in the Banham Theatre, across the road from our main building). Extra-curricular productions are a chance for students to put on shows of their own choosing - without the pressure of marks!
The pressure returns toward the end of the first semester with the conclusion of the Theatricalities option and, on a much larger scale, the Performing the Past module. For Performing the Past, our second year students (working in small groups) will create six individual pieces based on their own research into an existing play. This year, the primary text under consideration will be The Blind (French: Les aveugles) by the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. These diverse interpretations will be performed, back-to-back, in Studio 1 and the Banham Theatre and provide a theatrical highpoint ahead of the winter break.
In addition to the work presented by students, were often visited by professional theatre companies at various points through the year. Recently weve seen:
- Move to Stand (The Collision of Things)
- Little Soldier (You and Me)
- Rachel Mars (Its The Way You Tell Them)
- Untied Artists (For Their Own Good)
- Converse Theatre (Betrayal)