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Industrial Kelham Island Setting Inspires New Drama Students Show

Updated: 13/11/2017

Sheffield College performing arts students’ latest production will be staged against the industrial backdrop of Kelham Island Museum this week.

Industrial Kelham Island Setting Inspires New Drama Students Show

Pictured: Performing arts degree students at The Sheffield College rehearse their latest production.

Sixteen students completing the BA Honours Degree in Performance and Musical Theatre will take part in a performance of Nicholas Nickleby by David Edgar, which is based on the Charles Dickens novel.

The play tells the story of a young man called Nicholas Nickleby who takes a job as a teacher at the infamous Dotheboys Hall in Yorkshire to support his mother and sister following his father's death.

The school is run by the sadistic Wackford Squeers and Nicholas is plunged into a series of events that change the course of his life and that of his family. Students have composed original music for the show.

Jo Beadle, Performing Arts Lecturer, The Sheffield College, said: “This is an exciting promenade-style theatre production, located in an authentic historical setting, that will involve the audience as part of the play in several parts of the museum.”

She added: “The play promises to be a very interesting experience for both the audience and our students, and is part of their degree coursework to enable them to develop the professional skills they will need to get ahead in the industry. Students will stage two performances each day at Kelham and then have the further challenge of performing the play at Hillsborough campus with entirely different staging.”

 The play will be performed on:

  • Wednesday, November 15th, at 5pm and 7pm, at Kelham Island Museum.
  • Thursday, November 16th at 5pm and 7pm, at Kelham Island Museum.
  • Friday, November 17th at 7.15pm and 9.15pm, in the drama theatre at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus.

Tickets cost £5 with £3 for concessions. For more information, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk call 0114 2602600.

The College offers foundation and honours degrees and ranked higher than the national average in the latest National Student Survey 2017 results rating student satisfaction with higher education courses at 86%.

Other creative industries specialisms offered at The Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus, on Livesey Street, include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and photography.

To find out more about full-time courses, including university level qualifications in performing arts starting in September 2018, click here or call 0114 2602600.