UWE Independent Theatre Company celebrates award success in Minsk

Issue date: 30 October 2009

After a successful run at The Redgrave Theatre in Bristol, UWE Independent Theatre Company (UWE ITC) has won two awards for its inaugural production - Tis a Pity She's a Whore at the Teatralny Koufar International Student Theatre Festival (28 September - 3 October) in Minsk, Belarus.

The company performed in front of an audience of 650 people on Thursday 1 October at The Trade Union Palace Theatre, Minsk and were the only UK entry to perform out of 24 theatre groups competing from all other the world including Belarus, Mexico, Iran, Algeria, Russia and Estonia.

The play was written by John Ford and 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.

The group won the awards of Best Actress for UWE Drama Graduate, Jessica Bayly for her role as Annabella and Best Supporting Actress for UWE Drama Graduate, Victoria Aubrey-Rees for her role as Putana.

Caroline Hadley (UWE ITC Director and Drama Lecturer) said, "We're thrilled with the success of our inaugural production, the International Jury praised us for our professionalism and outstanding ensemble playing. We're looking forward to touring the show internationally over the next year, once again representing the UK and UWE on the international stage."

UWE ITC will be performing the play at Salisbury Playhouse on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March 2010, as part of a partnership with Salisbury Playhouse and the Drama Department which will also include work experience and theatre-in-education.

They have also been invited to take their production to the International Student Theatre Festivals of Valleyfield University, Quebec, Canada in April 2010 (invitation by Jean-Marc Larrue) and Moscow State University in November 2010 (invitation by Irina Bolshakova). They are also hoping to play Edinburgh Festival in August 2010. The company will continue to fundraise for these future projects abroad and are also seeking business sponsorship.

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