University of Nottingham students steal the show

19 Mar 2013 12:58:39.857

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The University of Nottingham will again take centre stage at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF), after being chosen to put on three of the 11 productions held during the week.

The Students’ Union’s New Theatre will show ‘The Memory of Water’, ‘Mercury Fur’ and ‘Jerusalem’ during the festival, taking place in Scarborough from 23-29 March 2013.

Members of the country’s first student-run theatre company are no strangers to taking the limelight at NSDF, after putting on four of 13 productions in 2011. But after the show listing was confirmed, Productions Co-ordinator James McAndrew was delighted about the theatre’s latest achievement. 

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He said: “The success of having three productions selected for the National Student Drama Festival is ultimately both a celebration of the talent and a justification of the time and hard-work put in every week by our members.

“No other University drama society or student-run production company has got more than one show in the festival, and Nottingham New Theatre make up three out of the 11 shows.”

Dream come true

Director, Nadia Amico, was also delighted with the opportunity to showcase her production of Phillip Ridley’s play ‘Mercury Fur’.

She explained: “Working on this production for the Nottingham New Theatre has been a dream come true, and taking it to NSDF is the cherry on the cake. Ridley has managed to create a world so dark and savage, and yet so utterly compelling and tender, I just hope that the audience falls in love with it as much as I did.”

Away from the stage, the festival will also give New Theatre members the opportunity to expand on their production skills, with a series of acting, technical and management workshops. As in previous years the workshops will help the theatre continue to put on quality productions for staff, students and members of the public.

You can find out about the productions taking place this year, get show times and buy tickets at:

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For more informationplease contact Lizzie Frainier, Publicity and Internal Marketing Manager, The New Theatre,
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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