Barking and Dagenham students in selfie-stick inspired Barbican performance
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A selfie-stick might not sound very inspiring, but for a group of drama students it helped them fill a theatre.
In total 26 youngsters taking part in this year’s Box Theatre project were handed a container full of objects collected by world-renowned stage director Ivo Van Hove and challenged to use them to create stories ahead of a Barbican performance.
Objects included elastic bands, a key, a conductor’s baton, a blindfold and five neck ties as well as a selfie-stick and copy of a speech from the play Angels in America.
The Barking and Dagenham College students divided into two groups coming up with one play called “Keep to the Left” - based on how rules and laws affect people - and “Where do I Start?” - about how fear can result from society’s expectations.
All the hard work - which began in January - was rewarded with a performance on the Barbican stage in front of friends, family and guests - including members of Van Hove’s own world famous theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
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The college’s performing arts lecturer Becki Spindloe said: “This has been such an incredible experience for the students.
“Many have since said to me they never thought they would have the chance to take part in such a brilliant project. A lot of the students had never performed in front of an audience before, so for their debut to be at the Barbican is very special.
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“They have all thoroughly enjoyed it,” she added.
And the budding actors will appear on stage again, this time at the Broadway in Barking on Friday, March 31 in a free performance as part of the Barbican at the Broadway festival.