Monday 1st October to Friday 14th December 2018
The opening performance of this semester will be New Nigerians by Arcola Theatre - performing here on Friday 12th October at 8pm
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 Bertolt Brechts The Caucasian Chalk Circle as a jumping off point, they will develop four pieces of new work and stage them in the w/c 12th 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 Old Times by Harold Pinter (who received an honorary degree here, at the Workshop Theatre, in Arpil 2007). 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) (Derailed)
- Rachel Mars (Its The Way You Tell Them)
- Untied Artists (For Their Own Good)
- Converse Theatre (Betrayal)
- Vandal Factory (What Ever Happened to Vandal Raptor)