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Theatre goers challenged as boundaries blur

Published: February 20, 2017

Cornwall College St Austell 16-18 | event

Theatre goers in Cornwall and Devon are to experience a “challenging” and at times “uncomfortable” performance, while gaining an unflinching insight into teenage perceptions of life.

Students from Cornwall College St Austell will be performing Status Update by Tim Etchells at The Keay Theatre, St Austell on 9th March 2017 as part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

National Theatre Connections is one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland.

Status Update is one of 10 brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.

The play is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out about the world. From the ridiculous, to the highly charged, all these ridiculous truths and half-truths are laid bare before us without the safety net of character or fiction.

Acting lecturer, Karen Burdon explained that this play ‘looks at the normal concept of audience and performer relationships and blurs the boundaries. This play is not for the faint hearted due to the unusual and controversial style of performing, the audience should be prepared to feel uncomfortable in places.”

This play is not for the faint hearted!

The students will also perform at The Drum Theatre in Plymouth on Thursday 27th April at 7pm and if selected could get the opportunity to perform in London at The Royal National Theatre.

Acting student, Jamie Rock said; “Working on Status Update has been incredibly challenging, but exciting. Working with my peers to dissect the play and talk about our concepts and ideas has been an amazing experience”

She continued; “learning what we know about each other and ourselves has been enlightening and has helped us to come together to produce a fun-filled performance depicting our lives as teenagers in this technology-filled world!”

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, said: ‘Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre’s work for young people and one of the most exciting and important projects we do. We think it’s vital that young people, wherever they are in the country and whatever their future path, have a chance to get involved in theatre.’

Tickets for this contemporary piece at The Keay Theatre can be purchased by calling: 01726 226710

For more information on the range of Performing Arts courses available across The Cornwall College Group call 0845 22 32 567.


A promotional video of the play produced by the students can be found HERE


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