The Pinkie

… And hopefully, after this, you (and I) will feel suitably updated about everything that I can remember. Having severely injured my neck this week in a rather ridiculous way (climbing down a person in a rehearsal) I have been on valium and other powerful painkillers/anti-inflammatories and haven’t been good at remembering what day it is and the like. Luckily, the pain is dissipating which is good for my blogging and for… NSDF!

Every year, the National Student Drama Festival final takes place in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. From about 125 plays produced throughout the year, all over the UK, 20 are shortlisted, and 12 get to go to the final which is the 9th-16th April this year. These are the finalists this year:

After the End – University of Nottingham

Amadeus – University of Edinburgh

Bluebird – University of Nottingham

Dealer’s Choice – University of Leeds

Five Kinds of Silence – University of Warwick

Jason and Medea – Bristol Old Vic Young Company

Line – University of York

Orphans – University of Nottingham

Pornography – University of Cambridge

The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui – University of Warwick

Stop, Look, Listen – University of Reading and others

This Wide Night – University of Nottingham

What Do You Want From Me? – University of Salford

As you may be able to see, two productions from Warwick have been selected, so we are all going up in minibuses to participate in the numerous workshops (run by representatives from NYT, The Bristol Old Vic Young Company, the National Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe, Lamda and the RSC, amongst about a million others) and see the other finalists’ performances. And of course perform our own two WUDS productions, Shelagh Stephenson’s Five Kinds of Silence (directed by Alexandra Rutter) and Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (directed by Josh Roche)! And maybe get a little drunk on occasion. Several members of Warwick Drama were also selected to become members of the NSDF ensemble, taking the number of us going up to there to over 50!

For those who can’t remember, a see here and here for reviews – courtesy of Dan Hutton (again!). We are re-rehearsing, improving, adapting (hence the injury) and we ARE ALL VERY EXCITED!

Both photos courtesy of Peter Marsh.



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