Issue date: 24 March 2004

ISSUE DATE: 24/03/04

Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles is given a vibrant new treatment this month, as students from the University of the West of England join forces with professional actors to bring the story vividly to life.

In this imaginative production song, dance, visual storytelling, music and some fine acting, all combine to tell this timeless tale of a young woman assailed by the changeable winds of fortune. The performance will be hosted by the Fortune Theatre, located in the heart of the city, behind Bristol Cathedral, from 29 March to 31 March at 7.30 pm.

The performance is the result of a new initiative at UWE, led by its Centre for Performing Arts (CPA), to develop drama provision for students across the University and to create new links with the local community. The director, Geni Hall-Kenny, is a professional with a background in both theatre and BBC radio drama. With directing credits from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to 'The Archers', her experience should stand her in good stead for this rural tale!

The cast of 18 are now working enthusiastically towards opening night and their comments show their enthusiasm:

Emma Huntrods, a first year student of Drama and Film Studies, says, “The production has been a great way for me to get back into acting. It has reminded me how much I love theatre and why I want to act.” Tegwen Marlais (first year Biomedical Science) says, “I joined the UWE drama group to express myself, share ideas and get on the stage! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.”

Tickets for 'Tess' are selling fast. To book yours call the CPA on 0117 328 2067 or e-mail cpa@uwe.ac.uk


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