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Posted: 22/03/16

Budding actors follow the ‘Write Track’

A collaborative project between Mansfield Palace Theatre's Write Track project and West Nottinghamshire College students is set to come to the stage this April.

Dreadful Objects So Familiar

Dreadful Objects so Familiar, written by ex-performing arts student Jack Burrows, is showing at the college’s Create Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday (6 and 7 April) and is being directed by the Palace Theatre’s education manager Christopher Neil.

Jack won last year’s new writers’ project and studied on the college’s BA Applied Studies (Theatre) programme. He is being supported throughout the production by current students at the college. Seven learners will perform in the show while three will be taking backstage crew roles.

Jack said: “After working with Write Track for seven years and recently completing the BA at West Notts, it’s wonderful to use the skills learnt to write this play. 

“To be part of something that brings Write Track and the college to work in collaboration is important to me, and a great opportunity for all involved.”

The play is set outside the library where four people meet daily. Tibbs, Emily, Sully and Darrell are all products of their time and circumstances. The audience will observe the four working at surviving and waiting for something.

Performing arts curriculum manager, Kerry Pilcher, said: “This is our third year of working on the Write Track project and each year it gets bigger and better and we’re grateful to the Mansfield Palace Theatre for their continued support.

“The project offers a fantastic opportunity for students to work through a production process from start to finish with a writer, director and technical team. This year’s students are not just working as performers but also as deputy stage managers, lighting and sound operators to make a complete production company and developing key employability skills.”

Christopher Neil said: “Encouraging local playwrights to write new and relevant work is an important strand of work for ‘Education @ The Palace’. 

“Equally, providing a meaningful professional experience for all students involved in this project is key in the development of future practitioners involved in the arts.  It’s a rewarding experience for all.

Tickets for the show cost £6 each and can be purchased by calling Create Theatre’s box office on 01623 413363 or by visiting www.createtheatre.co.uk