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LSBU Acting and Performance BA

Autumn/Winter Season 2022


By Kae Tempest.
Directed by Lucy Richardson.

Thursday 13th & Friday 14th October – 7:00pm

A group of women live on an island, refugees from an increasingly violent and damaged world. Led by the indomitable Aunty, each day they rise, they laugh, argue, eat, sing and cry. Each night they sleep under the stars.

In a cave on the other side of the island lives a man: Philoctetes the war hero, now an outcast too. But the arrival of an old enemy stirs his desire for revenge. Like a wave unrest spreads across the island. Will Aunty‘s wisdom hold firm?

Kae Tempest’s poetry re-ignites the Greek tragedy of Philoctetes with their revolutionary spirit, their anger and their love. The all- female LSBU company will be performing this extraordinary text – for the first time since its premiere at the National Theatre.

Lucy Richardson is a director, dramaturg and educator. Her work focuses on giving
a platform to those under- represented in the theatre and in society.

Ticket prices: £5
Concession rate for LSBU Students: £2


Attempts On Her Life

By Martin Crimp.
Directed by Stevan Henry Mijailovic.

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th October – 7:00pm

In the age of bite-sized information, headlines without articles, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube celebrities, this play has never been more relevant. Attempts On Her Life is 17 scenes centred around Anne, Anya, Annie and all other variations.

It follows numerous nameless characters that are creating and destroying, recollecting, and questioning, misremembering and confirming, who Anne is. There is no truth and there are no lies. Anne is whatever we say they are. Anne is a porn actor, a car salesperson, a confused child, a terrorist, an addict, and a rocket scientist. Anne is both fiction and reality.

From art critics to professors and pop stars to advertisement moguls, join the LSBU Student Theatre Company as they explore the question, who chooses our gaze and for what means?

Stevan Henry Mijailovic is a Freelance Theatre Director and workshop facilitator with 9 years of professional experience. Originally from the West Midlands, Stevan has directed work
for Kiln Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre and various theatre companies, having also made work in New York, South Korea and the UAE.

Ticket prices: £5
Concession rate for LSBU Students: £2


The Heart

Adapted for stage by Ben Hadley, from the novel by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Sam Taylor).
Directed by Ben Hadley.

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th November – 7:00pm

Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain- dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.

The Heart takes place over the twenty- four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. Tragedy and wonder. Fragility and resilience. How meaning is destroyed and how meaning is created. What it means to die and what it means to live.

The Heart asks the audience to sit with both sides of these dualities at the same time. Their coexistence resonates powerfully in Maylis de Kerangal’s novel and it is what this adaptation aims to bring to the stage.

Ben Hadley studied at the Lecoq School in Paris, before setting up his own company, On The Button.

Ticket prices: £5
Concession rate for LSBU Students: £2


Romeo & Juliet

By William Shakespeare.
Directed by TD Moyo.

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th December – 7:00pm

An age-old vendetta between two powerful families erupts into bloodshed. Romeo and Juliet is the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers and their demise. Enjoy this contemporary retelling of this Shakespearian favourite exploring contemporary issues such as race and feminism.

TD. Moyo is a director, teacher, performer and South London activist with a Masters in Contemporary Performance Practice from the University of Kent. She believes in theatre’s capacity to illicit genuine change and social reform and is the Artistic director of Mwarsha Featre, a community-based theatre company for emerging work and social engagement.

Ticket prices: £5
Concession rate for LSBU Students: £2


Frantic Assembly

Company in Residence

30th September.
21st October.
4th November
11th November

Frantic Assembly presents a season of four new works devised in collaboration with the LSBU Student Theatre Company. Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly’s unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text. In addition to its productions Frantic Assembly operates an extensive Learn & Train programme introducing thousands of participants each year to the company’s process of creating theatre. The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture.

Frantic Assembly are thrilled to be continuing their close working relationship with students at London South Bank University. This autumn, all Acting and Performance students will work with members of Frantic Assembly in a series of three original performances, each created over five days during an intensive, creative residency.

We don’t know what the pieces will be about yet, as we haven’t started making them, but you can be sure to see some thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre!
Each residency will be directed by two Frantic Assembly practitioners.

For ticket information, please email edrictheatre@lsbu.ac.uk