Issue date: 06 March 2003

ISSUE DATE: 06/03/03

QEH Theatre, Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 March 2003 at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee 2.30pm

The Centre for Performing Arts at the University of the West of England presents the delightful musical ‘Half a Sixpence’ loosely based on the H G Wells novel ‘Kipps’ at the QEH Theatre from 11 to 15 March.

At the turn of the century the 19th century orphan Cockney Arthur Kipps becomes a drapers’ apprentice. When he later inherits a fortune, this brings with it all kinds of problems in the form of unsuitable romances and acquaintances. When the fortune disappears, where will he find happiness?

James Arthur, a fourth year marketing student, plays Arthur Kipps. He has brought a refreshing cheekiness to the role of Arthur Kipps. His interest in scuba diving has stood him in good stead for the many breathing exercises to which the vocal coach has subjected him. Unaccountably James tells us that he is scared of geese but seeing him in rehearsal we often note that he is definitely not scared of ‘chicks’.”

Half a Sixpence is directed by Alex Turasiewicz, who directed UWE’s first musical ‘Salad Days’ 13 years ago. He has been inspiring the UWE students ever since. His energy is legendary and he now also inspires students in his day job role as head of the thriving drama department at Filton High School where he is also Deputy Director of the sixth form.

As in past years, the talented students of UWE bring to QEH a musical full of life, colour, zest and verve. The Saturday afternoon matinee has been sponsored by the Faculty of Health and Social Care and already sold out at a reduced rate through the Co-op to elderly people in the community.

Tickets available from QEH Theatre priced at £10 (£7 concessions, Tuesday evening all seats £5) Tel 0117 925 0551


Editor’s notes

Jpeg visuals will be available from 7 March, please contact Jayne.Andrews@uwe.ac.uk

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