Brink celebrates one year of independent postgraduate research as part of the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research at Central.
It is 1887 and Rani Das and Abdul Karim arrive at London’s Tilbury Docks after a long sea voyage from India. Rani, an Indian ayah, is ruthlessly abandoned by the English family that brought her to London and has to battle for survival. Abdul Karim, who has been sent to the palace as a jubilee gift, has to face increasing scrutiny about the closeness of his relationship, as servant and munshi, to Queen Victoria.
Performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.
'Future remains a concept that constantly eludes our inseparable relationship to the present' - don't miss Continuum: a Performance Festival of Future Futures, a multi-disciplinary festival from 21st - 23rd June produced by 2nd year Theatre Practice students at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.
This space of writing for live performance is a space of tensions and fissures and tectonic plates shifting across fields of time. Reach for the stars, but stay close to the dirt. This is the charge of making theatre. Weigh your words against the spectacle and tyranny of power.
During this evening you will discover the many ways in which the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research offers an intensive year of thinking and doing in the act of discovery and making.
Em, set in Liverpool in 1965, tells the story of a young, unmarried woman trying desperately to keep a baby that the authorities want to take away from her. Set against the backdrop of a city which is literally bursting into colour, Em is a harrowing, gritty, but ultimately uplifting tale of friendship, class and love. Performed by BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.
In the third (and positively final) performance/lecture in this cycle of work, Professor Gilli Bush-Bailey discusses theatre history from the inside, moving on from Marvin Carlson’s ‘ghosts’ with Joseph Roach’s ‘kinesthetic imagination’ to those interested in unpacking the archive, re-membering bodies in performance, then and now.
First year students of Central's Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course have been creating projects for The FUSE festival in Medway for the past seven years. This year, they have been commissioned to create an open-air family-friendly show as part of the Dickens Festival to be performed in the dry moat of Rochester Castle, and then as a roaming flash-mob performance on Rochester High Street, before taking it to local primary schools.
An identical, terrifying dream haunts Londoners in the midst of economic gloom and ineffective protest. Whilst the Prime Minister considers a preventive war, a young man returns home with a vision for the future. Performed by BA (Hons) Acting students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.
Loosely inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this immersive performance takes the form of multiple journeys around Westminster, Bloomsbury and Camden, culminating in a party at a shared location.