Written by Letitia Payne
Image Credit: Sapphire Stewart and Sarah Lebaigue
Commencing with David Eldridge’s adaptation of the 1998 dogme film Festen by Thomas Vinterberg on the week beginning April 30th. The Acting Graduate productions kick off the 2018 AMATA Showcase. Festen is directed by Aiden Condron, who has directed a plethora of graduate productions for institutions such as the Guildford School of Acting with Shakespeares’s Henry VI (Parts 1, 2 and 3); as well as UClan (University of Central Lancashire) with Chekhov’s The Seagull. Festen explores the depths of taboo within the setting of the family patriarch’s 60th birthday celebration. Festen is on the 30th, all four productions have an afternoon matinee performance at 14:00 and an evening performance at 19:00 the same day.
This is then followed by Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s posthumously published The Trial on May 1st. One of Kafka’s most renowned works, The Trial follows the story of a man who is detained and prosecuted by a mysterious authority for a crime unknown to him. The production is directed by Agniezska Blonska, a seasoned collaborative and independent director across Europe. Known for productions such as F.E.A.R at the Experimentica festival in Cardiff, as well as Once Upon A Time for Circomedia in Bristol.
Thirdly, the renowned writer and playwright Dylan Thomas’ radio drama Under Milkwood, takes its place on the stage May 2nd, guiding the audience through a day in the secret lives of a small Welsh town called Llareggub. The thoughts and wants that surround the inhabitants of Llareggub are revealed as the day progresses in this work directed by John Macneill. Who’s previous graduate productions with AMATA, The House of Bernarda Alba and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, both won Best Actor/Actress Awards, with the cast of Arturo Ui also winning Best Ensemble at the AMATA Festival.
Lastly, celebrating 100 years since millions of women won the right to vote, Her Naked Skin. Rebecca Lenkiewicz uncovers the battles of the suffragettes from the front line of Holloway Prison. Lenkiewicz offers a graphic and unapologetic depiction of the women’s fight for human rights in this piece directed by Mark Laville for the graduate showcase. Laville joined AMATA this year after 26 years as an Artistic Director at the innovative Barbican Theatre in Plymouth where he focused on collaborating with young and emerging artists. He has been involved with many outstanding productions such as The World At Your Feet, part of the Cultural Olympiad and GeoOpera. Her Naked Skin is on at AMATA May 3rd and closes the first week of the 2018 AMATA Showcase.
All shows are free to attend however require booking at amata.org.uk/whatson. The 2018 AMATA Showcase continues on until the 11th of May, showcasing talent from the dance, music and creative management students of Falmouth University.