Our National Diploma in Performing Arts and Music students dazzled in 2 showcases performed at the Alhambra Studio on 17th and 18th December, the first productions staged under their own Green Monkey banner. Each show offered a potent mix of drama, physical comedy, music and song, plus dance pieces ranging from ballet to contemporary, jazz, tap and urban.
Both shows displayed a wealth of talent, commitment and creativity.
In the first showcase, featuring our first year students, the programme included dramatic extracts from Charlotte Keatley's My Mother Said I Never Should; Willy Russell’s Stags and Hens; Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey; Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird; David Hare’s Murmuring Judges; and John Godber’s Teechers and Shakers. There were also devised physical theatre pieces exploring Good vs Bad; Trust and Being Trapped. Songs included stirring renditions of Queen’s Love of My Life and Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber’s I don’t Know How to Love Him from Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as original musical compositions.
You can enjoy images from Showcase One here
The second year students devoted the first half of their performance to an ambitious completely devised piece entitled Out Of the Blue. In association with the second year students on Music Technology and Music Performance courses, they fused both live and recorded music, acting and dance to take the audience on a journey into the blue. Act Two highlights included extracts from Bruce Robinson’s Withnail and I; William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Merchant of Venice and Othello; songs including Kate Bush’s A Coral Room and the Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus penned I Know Him So Well from Chess, plus more original compositions and fabulous dancing.
You can see images from Showcase Two here