Eden Valley based Shared Experience is delighted to be working with the University of Cumbria on developing new talent for the creative industries with a programme of activity starting this Christmas with their first festive family show Sleeping Beauty.
The production has been rehearsed at the University in Carlisle before opening at the Kirkgate Arts Centre in Cockermouth on 16 December.
In spring/summer 2022 the company will be working with the Institute of Arts to present a series of monologues commissioned during the Covid pandemic by acclaimed writers including Bryony Lavery, Frog Stone, Sasha Hails and Christine Entwistle entitled How Was It For You?.
The Shared Experience team will be working with students on the performing arts course programmes during the rest of the academic year and will present a series of performances in the summer term.
Sleeping Beauty marks the launch of Shared Experience - Local, a new strand of work creating small-scale work for audiences across the UK, giving opportunities to up and coming creatives to work with the Shared Experience team. This first production will be directed by University of Cumbria graduate Lexie Ward.
Richard Humphrey's Chair of Shared Experience “We are thrilled to be working with the University of Cumbria and look forward to making work in Cumbria again following our fresh take on AS YOU LIKE which we co-produced with Theatre by the Lake in 2017”.
Dr Colette Conroy, Director of the Institute of Arts said “Shared Experience is an important UK theatre company and has made a real mark on the practice of contemporary theatre making over many years. We are pleased to host them for this project and are excited by this partnership and its potential. Shared Experience are providing our students with professional theatre experience, giving them a chance to apply their academic learning and to experience skills workshops, mentoring and placements. We are looking forward to working with them and to seeing more of their ground-breaking work here in Cumbria”.
Dr Jez Colclough, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts added “This is a fantastic opportunity for the university, our current students and alumni to work in partnership with a well-respect, locally based, professional theatre company to create work for Cumbrian audiences and strengthen the links between the University and the community.”
A Shared Experience - Local Production
By Sarah Punshon & Daniel Bye, with additional lyrics by Zaid Jabero
Directed by Lexie Ward
Designed by Lu Herbert
Movement by Sian Williams
Lighting by Paul Russell
Sound by Mark Webber
Co-produced with TEAM
Cast - Coral Sinclair & Eliza Beth Stevens
Audiences are invited to join two fairy godmothers as they tell the tale of Rose, a bold and daring young girl whose journey into the unknown depths of the forest puts her face-to-face with hidden castles, magic spells and a wicked, wicked fairy. Will Rose be able to break the curse and find her way home again?
Full of music, storytelling, joy and love, the show promises to be an enchanting theatrical and festive treat to warm hearts this winter.
This project is a partnership with the University of Cumbria. Funded by the Department of Education, Eden District Council and supported by At the Helm.
The show will tour to across Cumbria to Alston, Appleby, Barrow, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Kirkby Stephen, Millom, Penrith, Whitehaven & Wigton from 16 December to 4 January.
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Shared Experience was founded by Mike Alfreds in 1975, later joined by Artistic Director Nancy in 1987 Meckler and Polly Teale in 2000. Over the years Shared Experience has masterminded over 24 productions ranging from Classics such as Mill on the Floss, to new work like Speechless.
Now steered by producer Conrad Lynch & director Rebecca Gatward, supported by Shared Experience Associates Josette Bushell-Mingo, Kate Saxon & Jessica Swale, the company is now in its fourth edition, creating a new body of work with a fresh voice.
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