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Performing Arts Students Tackle Loneliness with Upcoming Production

Posted: 9th November 2023 - 10:08am

Learners on the Level 3 Performing Arts course are kicking off their season of highly anticipated shows this week by opening their doors for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of upcoming drama, disCONNECTED.

Produced by Performing Arts lecturers Emma Ledsam and Graham Ireland, Year 2 students have been hard at work bringing the show alive, highlighting vital themes of loneliness, technology, and mental health.

Emma shared, “The idea for disCONNECTED came about following discussions on AI and technology, and how they were making people feel more isolated and alone, despite the social aspects of these technologies.”

Throughout the show, students perform scenes using real life scenarios, theatrical devices, and movement to bring out the underlying issues and themes at the centre of the plot.

Emma continued, “Working with our second-year students, we wanted to tell real stories. After exploring the subject, we found a series of clips of people discussing the so-called ‘epidemic of loneliness’.”

Making its way to the stage on Wednesday 6 December, disCONNECTED will be performed in the round, a staging device that sees audience members surrounding the stage. By using in the round seating, students are hoping to create a more immersive experience and replicate the sensation of a group discussion, welcoming audiences to reflect on their own feelings and experiences.

disCONNECTED is part of a season of exciting and acclaimed performances coming up during the winter term. Kicking off this week with River Warriors, an environmental themed performance which will also be performed to pupils at the local St Mary’s Primary School.

Alongside River Warriors and disCONNECTED is the annual College pantomime, which this year will be festive favourite, Aladdin. Tickets for all performances are available to buy at the Box Office or on the door on the night. A full list of performances and dates can be found below.

River Warriors – Thursday 9 November, 7pm (Tickets free)
disCONNECTED – Wednesday 6 December, 7pm (Tickets £4)
Aladdin – Monday 11 – Friday 15 December (Tickets £6)