Sheffield College drama students tackle social issues

Sheffield College degree students are tackling social issues as part of one of their up and coming productions.

Ten students, completing the Foundation Degree in Drama, will stage Moonfleece this month. The play, by Philip Ridley, explores the issues of bigotry, racism and homophobia and how those in authority can distort both the truth and the past.

Jo Beadle, Performing Arts Lecturer, The Sheffield College, said: “This is a gritty and very timely play that tackles some of the most challenging issues of our time. It is demanding working at this level but our students get a realistic insight into the performing arts industry and the skills they need to go further in their careers.”

Student Connor Varley, 20, said: “I love performing and I’m really looking forward to taking to the stage for this play. It’s been a very positive experience studying drama at the College. I really enjoy learning about the characters as well as the history that comes with researching the plays.”

Connor has several parts in the play and has progressed to the foundation degree after previously completing a performing arts diploma at the College. His career ambition is to become a play or television scriptwriter.

Performances take place at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street on March 21st and 22nd at 7.15pm. The play is suitable for audiences aged 12 and above. For tickets email or call 0114 2602600.

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.

Around 500 students are studying full-time and part-time university level courses, which include foundation and honours degrees in a range of subjects at the College, that are recognised by universities, employers and professional bodies.  

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