Spring season at the Wickham Theatre
Press release issued: 14 January 2008
Spring brings an eclectic mix of touring theatre, student performances, lectures and talks to the University's intimate studio theatre.
Final Year students begin the season with a show guaranteed to lift spirits on a cold January evening – Exhibitionists: A Theatrical Revue of the Archive. They have been working with award-winning director, Anna Farthing, to bring to life, through sketches, song and dance, artefacts from the Bristol University Theatre Collection from the interwar period. Thundering trains, chorus girls and magical illusions set the stage for a show filled with theatrical opulence. Exhibitionists is on Fri 18 January at 7.30pm and Saturday 19 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Brooklyn-based Proto-type Theater make their first visit to Bristol in February with their show Whisper on Saturday 16th February. Proto-type are young, urban artists who are drawn to issues that concern people in proximity and the difficulties in communicating such proximity evokes.
Each audience member is given a set of headphones through which he or she hears the voices of the three performers, who are narrating a fictional walk through a fictional city. Obscured behind a cinematic screen, the performers are alternately seen as shadows, silhouettes or in stark clarity.
Hand in the Eye is a Belgian company of deaf and hearing performers. They are testing the boundaries between sign language and dance, between acting and moving, between visual and aural, between deaf and hearing. Borrowing music and images from the past, Déjà vu is dance theatre by the Belgian director Kurt Vanmaeckelberghe and is on Saturday 15th March at 7.30pm.
The Drama Department’s student theatre company, Studiospace, have chosen The Wonderful World of Dissocia for their spring production this year. It is by Anthony Neilson, who was nominated as the Evening Standard’s most promising new playwright in 2002 for his play Stitching. The Wonderful World of Dissocia was first performed in 2004 at the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. It is being performed on 28 and 29 February and 1 March at 7.30pm.
The Wickham Lecture this year is on Tuesday 6th May at 5.30pm will be delivered by Professor Janelle Reinelt. Her major area of interest is contemporary performance. Her lecture is entitled “What is political theatre today?”
Early in the New Year, film and television director Hettie MacDonald will be In Conversation with Glyn Davis, about, among other things, her work on the film Beautiful Thing for which she won many awards. The event is on Tuesday 15th January at 5.30pm.
Box Office 0845 40 24 001 (via St. George’s Bristol).