Performing Arts students stage production based on homelessness

Feb 19, 2014

Performing Arts students stage production based on homelessness

Nescot’s Higher Education Performing Arts company Nexus has staged a production themed around homelessness.

Missing Shadows examines issues such as the cause and effects of homeless and why the issue persists in a wealthy society, as well as challenging the audience to examine their own prejudices.

Nine members of Nexus devised the production, described as a dramatic movement piece, following a visit from Crisis ambassador Belinda Gee.

The group also worked on the choreography with tutor Jamie Roberts and decided on appropriate music, as well as planning the staging and lighting of the performance.

“We were really pleased how the performance went, and I think each show and rehearsal has been better than the last,” said HND student Aaron George Stephens following the matinee show on Thursday.

“Homelessness is a really important issue and I think the whole group has learnt a lot through researching and putting the performance together.

“I think the performance has challenged us as well as challenging the audience, and that ability to be challenging and thought-provoking is one of the things I really love about acting.”

The show was performed at Nescot’s theatre on Wednesday evening for guests and Thursday afternoon for other Performing Arts students, and will also be staged in Portsmouth and Coulsdon.

Missing Shadows has also been put forward to the annual National Student Drama Festival, and if selected by the committee the group will also perform the piece in Scarborough in April.

Jamie Roberts, who directed the production, said: “I’m really proud of what the students have achieved, especially in such a short space of time.

“They’re a very talented group and they work really hard, so we’re crossing our fingers they will get the chance to perform in Scarborough in April.”

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