Performing Arts students open show at Peckham arts cafe

Jun 11, 2015

Performing Arts students open show at Peckham arts cafe

Performing Arts students opened their production of Euripides’ The Bacchae in Peckham last night (Wednesday) to a packed house.

The Nexus Ensemble, the college’s Higher Education company, is performing at 8pm at The CLF Art Café in The Bussey Building on Rye Lane each night until the show closes on Saturday (June 13).

Gavin Maxwell, who is co-directing the show with colleague Jamie Roberts and is Performing Arts Section Leader at Nescot, praised the students’ professionalism.

“The standard was so high you would have thought you were watching professional performers with years of experience behind them,” he added.

The Bacchae is a Greek tragedy, featuring themes including revolution, governance, violence, forgiveness and the concept of ‘madness’.

The Nexus Ensemble have combined the play with ideas and images of Portuguese trance music event Boom Festival to create an immersive theatre piece set in the future.

As well as helping devise the piece, the students have also been involved in creating costumes and props, choreography, choosing the music and even marketing the show.

Speaking before the show opened Billie-Marie Fox, who plays Dionysus, said: “It’s an immersive piece so the idea is that you break down the fourth wall and the audience become part of the show.

“We’ll be interacting with the audience and bringing them around the space with us. That means the show will be changing an evolving every night, so that’s really exciting.”

Tickets are £10, or £8 for concessions, and discounts can be arranged for large groups. To book, call the CLF Art Café on 020 7732 5275 or visit

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