Postgraduate students return to the stage for the first time since Covid-19 began

Performance Practices MA students are busy rehearsing for what shall be the first time lots of them have carried out in entrance of a dwell, in-person viewers since the pandemic began. Their unique theatre piece, Lighthouse, is an ensemble efficiency representing all elements of life and emotion via a spread of disciplines, together with drama and dance, which are explored on the De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) postgraduate course.  Students collaborated with their tutors, bringing Lighthouse to life via a sequence of interactive classes throughout which they improvised, labored via dance scores, did some inventive writing and explored motion. A give attention to storytelling, with out set characters and a linear narrative, will encourage the viewers to mirror on their very own lives and experiences.As properly as creating and performing the piece, every pupil has taken on an extra function to broaden their abilities and expertise of theatre manufacturing.  Noah West and Jess Newton-Lawrence are accountable for advertising and marketing Lighthouse throughout varied social media platforms and thru promotional posters. “I’ve centered on content material for our Instagram web page. Outside of my course I do some work as a social media influencer, so I’m used to that side of selling, nevertheless it has been a pleasant problem to promote a bit of artwork which is a really distinction expertise to promoting a product,” mentioned Jess.“We’re the solely workforce inside the undertaking as a result of everybody else has particular person roles corresponding to rehearsal director, script editor, manufacturing supervisor and stage supervisor. It’s a giant job to market and promote the manufacturing, so it’s been very nice to work along with Noah and we’ve been supported by our lecturers as properly.”Noah added: “Working with Jess has been sensible, we’ve been on the similar wavelength about how we wished to strategy selling the present. I had accomplished some volunteering in the previous so knew a bit about social media advertising and marketing, nevertheless it’s been good to strengthen my abilities in that space. I additionally designed the poster as I had some current information of graphic design.”
Both Noah and Jess accomplished undergraduate levels at DMU in Dance BA (Hons) and Drama BA (Hons) respectively. They determined to pursue the MA to broaden their abilities, whereas additionally focusing their pursuits in queer idea and feminist satire theatre. As properly as being drawn to the course content material, they each selected to return to DMU due to its main efficiency services and their constructive experiences with the educational workforce.“I do know I can go to my tutors for help each time I’ve a problem or downside. They are so approachable and actually need to hear about what you’re scuffling with and what you’re having fun with,” mentioned Noah.Jess added: “The lecturers are actually invested in us as folks and also you don’t really feel such as you’re only a quantity to them. They have all been so invested in Lighthouse and have even booked to come and see the efficiency.”“For these coming alongside, I’d say preserve an open thoughts and an open coronary heart. It’s an opportunity to take into consideration your life experiences and I hope there shall be moments while you’ll join with the efficiency and really feel nostalgic.”Lighthouse shall be carried out at the DMU Campus Centre on Tuesday 7 December at 7pm. Due to Covid-19 tips, pre-booking on-line and carrying a masks is important (except exempt), and tickets won’t be out there on the door.
Posted on Friday third December 2021

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