Thursday, 19 July 2018

Awakening for college drama buffs

HENLEY College’s ever-busy drama department is already selling tickets for its next production, writes Lesley Potter.

HENLEY College’s ever-busy drama department is already selling tickets for its next production, writes Lesley Potter.

The dust has only just settled in the college’s drama studio following the successful run of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Now audiences will be transported from Egypt to Germany for a new adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s play, Spring Awakening.

Nic Saunders, head of drama, said: “Written in 1890, the play is regarded as one of the classics of modern theatre. Adapted into a rock musical on Broadway in 2006, the original play has never been bettered.”

The play, which is a teenage rites of passage story, was originally banned in Germany because of its frank portrayal of themes such as abortion, homosexuality and suicide.

Director Neil McCurley said: “The play has a controversial reputation, but it’s quite simply a fantastic piece of drama. The students and I have been working on the material for a couple of months now, and we’ve not shied away from the difficult issues. I hope we’ve dealt with them in a sensitive and thoughtful manner.

“The play remains provocative — it always will be — but the power is less in what’s shown on stage and more in what it leaves the audience to think about. It’s been a great experience for the cast, too, as it’s really allowed them to explore their acting skills and their ability to develop characters. We all hope it will be a challenging and thought-provoking night out, but also an entertaining one.”

The play opens at The Henley College’s in-house studio on Wednesday, March 6 and runs until Saturday, March 9. Tickets at £8, £6 concessions, are available from Deanfield reception or on (01491) 579988.

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