"Attempts On Her Life" - And More To Come!

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I've just gotten back from a production of Attempts On Her Life by Martin Crimp at the Hippodrome in B'ham.

It's a contemporary and quite poetic piece, and in this production (done by my department at uni!) they used various devices, including "photographs" shown on TV which then came to life, and projections beamed on to a large screen, portraying locations, which the performers were then silhouetted against. Having experienced performances of works by contemporary playwrights such as Sarah Kane and Howard Barker (which in both cases feature violence, sex and incredible physicality), I could be forgiven for having worried about what I was letting myself in for - especially as AOHL was being performed by drama students! However, it was interesting and new without being too OTT - and that's the kind of theatre that I love.

This particular piece has now finished its run at the Hippodrome, but if you're interested in theatre (and cheap theatre at that!), then it's worth checking out the productions that'll be coming up over the next few months courtesy of my department (Drama and Theatre Arts at the Uni of B'ham), also at the Hippodrome.

The next scheduled production is Balzaminov's Wedding by Alexander Ostrovsky: "the hero's dream of getting rich quickly is both comic and pitiful and his pursuit of his illusion brings him into contact with seven vibrant female characters of different types. The Russianness of the characters is of interest to a Western theatre audience while the play's universal themes continue to resonate in contemporary society." (From a departmental handout!)

The dates are 14th and 15th February 2008 at 7.30pm, and 16th February 2008 at 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.00 / £4.00 for concessions - for more info, see http://www.birminghamhippodrome.com. Details will be under "The Patrick Centre" or "Dance Xchange".

Also coming up - although not for a few months yet! - are the Final Practical Examinations, where Single Honours Drama and Theatre Arts students - including moi! - will be presenting short pieces of drama / devised work for examination. It's open to everybody to come and see, and best of all - it's free! The dates are 4th and 5th June 2008, and the performances start at 9.45am and continue throughout the day. It promises a wide range of vastly varying performance techniques and structures, so come on down! A good audience is crucial in what we do, and the more the merrier!

That's it for now - see you all soon! X


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