Derby Theatre Connections Company - Like There's No Tomorrow by Justine Themen, Claire Proctor and Liz Mytton
Dudley College Performing Arts - Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan
Age guide: 14+
Like There’s No Tomorrow
created by the Belgrade Young Company
by Justine Themen, Claire Proctor and Liz Mytton
There are strange cracks appearing in the land on the other side of the world, turning habitats into wastelands and creating a new wave of climate refugees.
However, no one’s worrying about that here - where a mayoral candidate is promising more, more, more. It’s what the people want. Apart from Maru that is, who’s asthma is really bad because the air is already thick with pollution, and their mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle, is falling on deaf ears. However, as plans emerge to build on the park, and Maru’s parents appear to be seduced by the mayoral candidate’s invitation to consume as much as you can - something has to give.
So, when a crack appears in Maru’s new state of the art bedroom furniture and then it spreads to the centre of town, and Maru seems to be the culprit, it’s enough to focus everyone’s attention - as they seek to deal with the symptom, whilst remaining oblivious of the cause. Like There’s No Tomorrow was created with the Belgrade Young Company, through a process of discussion, research, improvisation, scripting and revision. They first performed this play on Monday 9th March 2020.
Witches Can’t Be Burned
by Silva Semerciyan
If you keep on doing the same thing, over and over again, you’ll keep on getting the same results, time and time again.
St. Paul’s have won the schools Playfest competition, three years in a row, by selecting recognised classics from the canon and producing them at an exceptionally high level, it’s a tried and trusted formula. With straight A’s student and drama freak, Anuka cast as Abigail Williams in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, the school seem to be well on course for another triumph, which would be a record. What could possibly go wrong?
However, as rehearsals gain momentum, Anuka has an epiphany. An experience resulting in her asking searching questions surrounding the text, the depiction and perception of female characters, the meaning of loyalty, and the values and traditions underpinning the very foundations of the school. Thus, the scene is set for a confrontation of epic proportions as Anuka seeks to break with tradition, before tradition breaks her and all young women like her and reality begins to take on the ominous hue of Miller’s fictionalized Salem.
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