Green Monkey Productions presented a fabulous showcase by our talented National Diploma in Performing Arts students at the Alhambra Studio on 17th February. Audition pieces prepared by the second year students for drama school and university entrance were at the heart of this impressive production, so there were dramatic monologues from plays both classical and contemporary. There were also musical solos and collaborations, dance solos and group pieces and devised physical theatre, all demonstrating the students' readiness for the next stage in their professional careers.
Prior to the main event and promising great things for the future, there was an exhilarating preview performance by our recently reformed dance company, Launch, now populated by our first year students.
The diversity of material performed illustrated the maturity and range of the acting on display, with monologues taken from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream; August Strindberg's Miss Julie; Alan Ayckbourn's A Talk in the Park; Jim Cartwright's Road ; Simon Gray's The Late Middle Classes; Willy Russell's Our Day Out; Richard Cameron's Can't Stand Up For Falling Down; John Osborne's Look Back in Anger; George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalionand Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl. Each speech was delivered with conviction and aplomb.
Our students are not only focussed on futures in acting, but also in musical theatre and dance. This cohort includes some exceptional singers who sang numbers from the musicals The Addams Family, Sweeney Todd and Fame,as well as accomplished renditions of the standards At Last and End of the World.
The specially devised physical theatre piece, Zombie Circus, was enthusiastically performed, as was the group contemporary dance and the lyrical solo.
You can see highlights of all the performances from this memorable evening here: