Drama Students in Residence with Acclaimed Theatre Group

Six students from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance were invited to take part in an artist residency with acclaimed, London-based theatre group GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN.

Posted: 24 September 2014

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Over a period of three days, students helped the company realise ideas for their live art community musical. Together they worked through key sections of the script, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas by Larry L. King, helping to devise new material through improvisation.

One of the students, Steph Davies, says “Working with GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN was a great experience. They took a new approach when directing the musical and managed to devise the scenes in an experimental manner which brought a whole new feel and flavour to it.”

Since forming in 2008, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN have been creating cross-genre work that plays with glory, endurance, artifice and the banal. Their work has been shown across Europe and the UK including venues such as National Theatre Studio and Battersea Arts Centre.

The company will be working with the department throughout the year as associate artists. Reader from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Dr Sarah Gorman, comments, "It’s a great opportunity for students to experience the rigour and discipline observed in a professional theatre environment. I think it's really important for them to get experience outside of a protected university environment."

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is opening in the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on Friday 31st October.


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