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Drama graduates perform at Kingston's International Youth Arts Fringe Festival

08 July 2019
two young actors during a play

LSBU drama students perform at Kingston’s International Youth Arts Fringe Festival 2019

LSBU drama students have been selected to perform in the prestigious International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) at the world-famous Rose Theatre, Kingston, this summer 5 - 14 July.  The eclectic programme will feature two exciting, transnational plays performed by early career actors working alongside professional practitioners.

The first of the two LSBU productions is a bilingual adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s iconic masterpiece, Blood Wedding, directed by Juan Ollero and LSBU’s Head of Drama and Performance, Gill Foster.  The cast of eight LSBU drama students and eight Spanish acting students from the Transforming Arts Institute, Madrid (TAI) perform in both languages in this highly physical, experimental interpretation of Lorca’s classic work.

The second production, Crossing Borders, is the product of a collaboration between students on LSBU’s BA Drama and Performance course and Ryerson’s School of Performance in Toronto.  The play was co-written by playwright and LSBU lecturer, Alex McSweeney and Canadian playwright, Velina van Huston. It is co-directed by Gill Foster (LSBU) and Peggy Shannon (Ryerson) and features acting graduates from both institutions. Crossing Borders follows the migration stories of two families – one Japanese-Canadian and one Iranian-British – across three generations.

Gill Foster, Head of Drama and Performance from LSBU’s School for Arts and Creative Industries said: “Being selected for this renowned festival of emerging, international work is a testament to the talent and creativity of the young actors and crew involved. Working with professional artists across countries and continents, the drama students have again demonstrated that they have the skills, talent and entrepreneurialism they need to forge careers in this highly competitive industry. I am extremely proud of their achievements.”colourful programme cover for IYAF

Crossing art forms and cultures, the ten-day festival celebrates the work of theatre-makers, musicians, artists, dancers and comics, all under the age of 27 years old.

The festival encompasses a range of theatre shows by young artists, bringing together performers and creators exploring work for younger audiences, as well as IYAF FRINGE, which showcases bold new work by emerging companies responding to the world today.

Kicking off with the opening night showcase, IYAF takes place over ten days, across a range of venues including the Rose Theatre, Arthur Cotterell Theatre and a live music stage in Kingston Marketplace.

Blood Wedding is on Sunday 14 July at 7.00pm in the Rose Studio Theatre, Kingston.

Crossing Borders plays on Sunday 14 July at 5.00pm in the Rose Studio Theatre, Kingston.

LSBU’s productions are featured on pages 49-50 of this year’s programme.

Find out what else is on the IYAF programme on the Rose Theatre's website.

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