UWE Independent Theatre Company presents its first play

Issue date: 16 September 2009

A scene from the UWE ITC production Redgrave Theatre – Clifton, Bristol
September 22 - 25 2009

The University of the West of England Independent Theatre Company (UWE ITC) will present its inaugural production of the play, Tis a Pity She's a Whore at the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton from September 22 - 25 at 20.00.

The play was written by John Ford and it was first performed in 1633. It is a brutal and bloody tale of incestuous love between siblings Giovanni and Annabella. This interpretation of the original five act revenge tragedy combines the traditional text with an experimental, multi-media dimension and promises to be an evocative experience for the audience. The play contains themes of an adult nature.

Caroline Hadley said “I first discovered the play at Drama School in 1987 and have always wanted to direct it. I think it's a great story and an exciting, passionate play for young actors to perform. We have some fantastic actors, a talented designer in Jonathan Jones, a superb music score, including original music, and we're really looking forward to the opening night.”

The production is the first for the UWE Independent Theatre Company which was set up this year by professional theatre director and UWE drama lecturer, Caroline Hadley, as a way of continuing her professional practice. Caroline had previously worked as a professional director for eight years, including two years as Associate Director in the West End production of The Graduate starring Kathleen Turner and Jerry Hall, as well as in various other theatres in London, including Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Caroline is joined in the company by fellow drama lecturer Craig Snelling as Artistic Director. Current drama students and alumni form a cast of nine for this production. UWE's Multimedia Department also has an active role; students have been involved in filming segments of the play which will be interspersed with the live action.

The production is an excellent opportunity for students and staff to develop their work and following the run at the Redgrave Theatre, the company will travel to Minsk, Belarus on 27 September to take part in Belarus State University's 6th Tealtralny Koufar International Student Festival, as the only UK entry.

Caroline Hadley explains, “Last year I was invited to be a Grand Jury Member at the Festival and had such an inspirational time and was so impressed by the high standard of performances that I decided that I'd like to return with a student production from UWE.

“We have been fundraising since March and are so proud to be the only UK entry. It is such a positive experience for our students to watch international student theatre and experience different cultural exchanges, and we're all so excited to be performing in a beautiful theatre in the centre of Minsk in front of an audience of 650 people.”

The festival runs from 28 September to 3 October and 24 theatre groups are competing from all other the world including Belarus, Mexico, Iran, Algeria, Russia and Estonia. An international jury will pick the winning entries.

The company will continue to fundraise for future projects abroad. They have been invited by the International University Theatre Association to take the production to Canada in April 2010, and Caroline hopes to continue to develop performance work for other festivals in Belgium and Russia. UWE ITC and the Drama Department are also beginning a partnership with Salisbury Playhouse, which will include performance work, work experience and theatre-in-education.

Ticket Price: Tickets £8 (£6 concessions, £5 each for groups of 10 or more) can be reserved at http://www.uweitc.info or are available on performance night direct from the Redgrave Theatre from 19.00.

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