Drama Showcase

2017 Programme

No Pasarán!

Wednesday 10 May & Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 8.30pm
Quad, York St John University

Literally meaning ‘They shall not pass!’, No Pasarán is an anti-fascist performance that responds to themes and stories of the Spanish Civil War. This devised performance began with visual stimuli that included Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘Guernica’ and photographic documents of the fight against fascism in Spain in the 1930s. Level 1 Drama & Dance students have created a powerful memorial to the images of Civil War in order to draw comparisons to contemporary struggles including the atrocities of Aleppo in Syria. We invite you to witness a fight against fascism, a fight that continues to this very day.

"And they hunt for the truth that is 'behind it all'" (Brecht).

Thursday 11 May & Friday 12 May 2017 at 8.00pm; The Stained Glass Centre, St Martin-Cum- Gregory, York.

Text by William Shakespeare, Kurt Cobain, Charles Olson and the company.

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BARE by Cutting Clouds

Exhibition: Wednesday 10 May - Friday 21 May 2017; Arts Foyer, York St John University.
Performances: Friday 12 May 2017 at 5am, 12 noon; Millennium Bridge (Fulford side), York.

BARE is an action based performance that layers aspects of the life and death of writer Virginia Woolf over local environments. Cutting Clouds will investigate humanity within the landscape, creating a presence in the outside world. Audience members will be asked to respond to both the performers' acts and the environment in which those acts take place.

An exhibition documenting Cutting Clouds' recent performances will accompany BARE. The exhibition opening will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 10 May 2017 in the Arts Foyer.

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Project Sword by Northern 6 Theatre

Monday 15 May 2017 at 1.00pm; Theatre 1, York St John University.

It all started seven miles from Sword Beach...
Project Sword is a bold and visually engaging show inspired by personal narratives of the D Day Landings. 
 
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I Don't Think You're Ready by Tagged Theatre Company

Monday 15 May at 3.00pm & 7.00pm; Theatre 3, York St John University.

Perfomed by four women, I Don't Think You're Ready is a stylistic approach to exploring the taboos of body image.

An exhibition will also run in Arts Workshop, York St John University alongside the performances of I Don't Think You're Ready. The exhibition will open 30 minutes before each performance.

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Dancing on the Breadline by Hand-Up Theatre

Monday 15 May at 5.00pm; Theatre 1, York St John University.

Dancing on the breadline is not an easy thing, but what if you had lost everything? What would you gamble? How low would you go?

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Do Not Cut the Flow of Kindness from Me by Banshee Performance

Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 4.00pm; Theatre 1, York St John University.

Banshee Performance believe in empowering women, raising awareness of social issues and taboo subjects. They push their bodies and minds to their limits to create theatre. They are not afraid to use glitter.

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Co-Create

To co-create is to make something together, to collaborate, to work in the community, to give voice, to share, to stimulate debate. Co-Create is a mini festival within the graduate showcase that celebrates the making of theatre with, for and by members of our local and regional community.

Co-Create brings together current York St John University undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff, young people from local schools and youth groups, professional practitioners, teachers and other community partners over two days to witness and participate in workshops, performances and debates around current theatre practice.

We are interested in theatre as a vehicle to promote social justice, participation and community empowerment. Co-Create marks our commitment to these ideals and our engagement with a diverse range of communities, highlighting our vibrant partnerships and co-creators of contemporary theatre practice.

Refugee performed by York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre

Tuesday 16 May at 7pm; Theatre 1, York St John University.

Members of York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre will perform some short excerpts of the play Refugee followed by a workshop.

It's Not OK - Devised by YSJU Theatre Lecturers, Students and Alumni

Tuesday 16 May at 3pm; Arts Workshop, York St John University.

It's Not OK seeks to raise awareness of healthy and unhealthy relationships in both real world and online contexts, as well as empower and encourage young people to seek support with sexual abuse and exploitation.

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Any Mother Would by Next Door But One

Wednesday 17 May at 7pm; Theatre 3, York St John University.

An autobiographical piece exploring family, infused with stories that have been told to the company over the past 4 years through Playback.

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Boxes by Practically Theatre

Wednesday 17 May at 2:30pm; Theatre 1, York St John University.

Performance by artists with learning disabilities exploring stories we can create using simple materials. There will also be a short workshop by some performers explaining techniques used to devise the piece.

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The Museum of Llew by Converge

Wednesday 17 May at 1pm; Location TBC.

A 'museum' of the Welsh myth of Llew Llaw Gyffes, from the Mabinogion. Different storytellers, writers and poets will act as 'curators' of the objects in this imagined museum.

The performance of The Museum of Llew will last for one hour and audience members are welcome to 'drop in' to the museum during this period.

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