Students from the university’s MA Classical Theatre are performing in the Rose Theatre’s latest production, Shakespearean play As You Like It.
The ten students, who are involved in everything from the music and costumes to directing and acting, have benefited from the collaboration between the theatre and the university.
Student Naomi Marsden, 23, said:“Watching Stephen Unwin direct has been fascinating and we’ve loved being involved in scenes and contributing to discussions with our research.
“It’s given us a real insight into what a rehearsal environment is like and how a play moves from page to stage. It’s a wonderful experience to be a part of this fantastic production.”
The play is the theatre’s first home-grown production of 2011, and will feature nine of the students in the cast, with the tenth taking on the role of Assistant Director.
Actor David Sturzaker, who plays romantic male lead Orlando, said: “It’s been fantastic to have the students work so closely with us and become so integrated into the rehearsal process. They have really become a part of the company.
“They’ve been brilliant – they pay attention to the detail so carefully and make a real difference to the production,” he added.
The collaboration has proved highly successful for the students who are taking part in every performance of the play.
Classical Theatre course director, Adam Ainsworth, said: “They will not only be given an insight into the way professional theatre is made, but they will also help to make it.
“They will not only be given an insight into the way professional theatre is made, but they will also help to make it,” he said.
Click here to read RiverOnline’s review of the play.