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ON FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER STUDENTS AND STAFF COLLABORATED TO HOST A SHELLEY TAKEOVER ACROSS CAMPUS AS PART OF THE SHELLEY FRANKENSTEIN FESTIVAL.
For this exciting cross-course collaboration, second-year students from BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Creative Events Management and BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design hosted live performance, including:
What Is Art? Is an original performance piece curated and directed by recent Arts University Bournemouth BA (Hons) Acting graduate, Kieran Luxton.
The performance featured as a part of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 exhibition at TheGallery and was also performed in the CRAB studios on 17th January 2019.
This Autumn, AUB marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of the iconic novel Frankenstein, with a whole season of productions to pay tribute to the author, Mary Shelley, receiving coverage both in local and national media.
The first plays of the series, Mary Shelley, Blood and Ice and Freakenstein, were all performed at The Shelley Theatre, a venue that was built for Mary by her son, with the later production CTRL C being performed in St. Peter’s Church, the rest place of Mary Shelley.
BA (Hons) Acting course leader, Katharine Piercey, and students from AUB were joined by BBC Radio Solent to discuss the final performances in the Shelley Season, part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival this morning as they marked the close of the Shelley season with performances of Ctrl C at St Peters church.
The series which also includes Mary Shelley, Blood and Ice, and Freakenstein was a celebration of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein, which was written by the author 200 years ago, this year.
Second Person Narrative….
Directed by Tamsin Fessey, is an ensemble piece about personal discovery and finding an identity. Performed by final year students from BA Acting, designed by BA Costume and Performance Design, with hair and make-up by the BA Make Up for Media and Performance.
Presented in two acts set 50 years apart, Clybourne Park explores the fault line between race and property.
Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in 2009 in thesame house, as the now predominantly African American neighbourhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
A Brechtian style play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and directed by Kirstie Davis. The play challenges what the power of money can do to a run-down town that was once wealthy. Millionaires Claire Zachanassian visits the town with one goal: Revenge. An exciting and vibrant dark comedy which lends itself to quirky costumes with splashes of contrasting colours and the freedom in time and places it is set in.
As You Like It is irreverently, but respectfully, reinvestigated, interspersed with other romantic texts from the Elizabethan era and songs from many eras. A drama that is provocative, radical and relevant to our own age, reveals itself. Containing the first theatrical presentation of a marriage between two men, this bucolic comedy has many other surprises and secrets lurking under its playful surface that make it, for some, a beautiful but bitter Arcadia.
Oh What a Lovely War.
Told through the songs and documents of the period, ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ is a satirical attack on military incompetence and the disregard for human life in the First World War. It remains a chilling reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.
Inspired by The Shining by Stephen King & Stanley Kubrick’s film, Shining is a collaborative performance from BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, BA (Hons) Make Up for Media and Performance.
Into the Woods.
AUB is marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with a season of plays to celebrate its author Mary Shelley