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End of Year Theatre Highlights

It has been a show-packed few months in the Drama & Theatre department at York St John University. We’ve had sold out performances, site-specific shows, new shows, odd plays, applied performances, stand-up comedy, physical theatre, dramatic monologues and even a “NED” Talk.

After so many wonderful shows and as we bid farewell to our third year students, we thought we would share a selection of images from the last few weeks of the semester! As always, our students continue to amaze us with their creativity, commitment and energy.

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Theatre at CREATE14

A sample of  images from the current programme of theatre at Create14 our graduate showcase. The work is a mixture of site-specific ensemble work by Level 1 students and final shows by graduating students. Our graduates present work from a range of genres and processes which includes devised work, performance writing and applied theatre in a variety of contexts.
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Level 3 Dialogue Day

Level 3 Theatre Students participated in a Dialogue Day held at Yorkshire Sculpture Park to reflect on the experiences on the BA in Theatre at York St John and to begin thinking about the next part in their journey in Theatre after graduating. Facilitated by Applied theatre practitioner and artist Elanor Stannage, students undertook journeys around the park, heard reflections from former YSJ Theatre graduates and took at step back from their current work-load to consider what they have learnt in the last three years. Be Thankful for your fears NW032639NW032637NW032658 NW032663

3rd Year theatre students work in HMP Askham Grange with Clean Break Theatre Company


This semester theatre students have been delivering drama workshops exploring issues surrounding resettlement as part of the Prison Project. Last week 3rd year CTP and Ipar students spent the day with Clean Break and female residents of HMP Askham Grange. Working with Director Lucy Morrison, Head of Prison Engagement Imogen Ashby and the actors in Clean Break’s latest play “Billy the Girl”. The day was spent developing the writer, Katie Hims script with the residents and using the women’s personal stories to illuminate and define the characters further.

“Clean Break was set up in 1979 by 2 women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, Clean Break has remained true to these roots, continuing to inspire playwrights around the complex theme of women and crime. Integral to this, is the company’s long-established theatre based education and training programme enabling women offenders and those at risk of offending to develop personal, social, and professional and creative skills leading to education and employment”.

“Billy the Girl”will be playing at the Soho Theatre, London from 29.10.13 – 24.11.13 and then will be returning to HMP Askham Grange to be performed on a 2 day residency in December, with the prison doors opening for a final performance for an invited audience to launch the collaboration between YSJ, Clean Break and HMP Askham Grange.

“The magnificent Clean Break returns to the Soho Theatre following ‘This Wide Night’, ‘Charged’ and ‘Re-charged’, with this sharp yet gentle look at a fractured family dealing with a lifetime of mistrust”.

3rd Year London Theatre Trip – 3rd Year students interested in  Clean Break’s work, should book tickets to see “Billy the Girl” on Tues 12th Nov at 7.15pm. A free performance of Stepping off the Edge of the World by Roz Wyllie, is to be performed at 6.30pm by Clean Break Graduates before Billy The Girl, followed with a free post show talk at 8.45pm (a panel conversation featuring past and present Clean Break writers).