Sheffield College degree students are staging an action packed double bill as part of their final year coursework.
Fourteen students, who are completing either the BA Honours Degree in Drama or the Foundation Degree in Drama, are staging two productions next month.
Consensual is a highly acclaimed play by Evan Plavey which explores the themes of sex and consent, and tells the story of a school head of year who unexpectedly runs into a former acquaintance.
Breathing Corpses tells the story of a chambermaid who discovers a body in a hotel room, and the circumstances surrounding the death. The award winning play is written by British playwright Laura Wade.
Jo Beadle, Performing Arts Lecturer, The Sheffield College, said: “Both plays are disturbing, thought provoking and sometimes shocking although there are elements of humour in both. Consensual is a contemporary play exploring themes very relevant to young people and Breathing Corpses centres on the nightmare situation of discovering a dead body.”
She added: “The students are really enjoying the challenges that both plays provide and the acting opportunities that involve every member of the cast. We equip our students with the skills they need to go further in their careers. On completion of their course this year, the majority of the foundation degree students are progressing on to our own honours degree. The honours degree students are looking to find work in the industry locally and nationally.”
Student Agnetha Spencer, aged 25, who plays a leading role in Consensual, is completing the BA Honours Degree in Drama and is interested in going into a career in drama therapy.
She said: “I’d encourage people to go and see the shows. They are really interesting and challenging plays, and it’s been fascinating to research them. I’ve really enjoyed the course. I previously completed the foundation degree and decided to return to study the top-up degree, which has been a form of redemption and therapy for me.”
Performances take place at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street on March 6th, 7th and 8th at 7.15pm. Both plays are suitable for young people aged 12 and above.
Hillsborough campus has the latest performing arts facilities including a state-of-the-art drama theatre. Other creative industries specialisms offered include art and design, dance, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism and photography.