Explosions, puppets, raucous signing and a Greek chorus – all ingredients of the latest Drama production to take place at the Donald Roy theatre, as part of the first season of City of Culture 2017.
When developing their latest production, Weathered Estates, The Roaring Girls – founded by Drama graduates Lizzi Perry, Rachael Abbey, Shaunagh McClean and Jess Morley – looked to the University’s Drama department to increase their cast and technical team.
Following an audition process, eight students were given the opportunity to join the all-female cast on-stage in a professional show, including third year student Olivia Haw, who performed one of the four main leads.
“It’s been an amazing experience, and something that I will never forget,” said Olivia. “My usual role is behind the scenes in stage management, but taking part in this production has opened my eyes to acting again and made me realise that this is something I can and could do in the future.”
Weathered Estates, written by award winning playwright Zodwa Nyoni in conjunction with the company, follows the fates of four women surviving the aftermath of war. Based on Euripides’ ancient text The Women of Troy, it’s a universal story about fleeing conflict, crossing borders, and what it means to call somewhere ‘home’.
The show itself sold out, but we spoke with our students and alumni to find out about their experience of working together, and what impact Drama at the University of Hull has had on their lives.