BA Theatre & Performance Practice students Argyro Vlachaki, Beatriz Barroso and Deana Vasileiou performed alongside forty-strong cast of performers as part of Parade 2015 at London’s iconic Conway Hall on Monday 11 May. They capably utilised their movement and vocal skills in an evening of vibrant contemporary performance in the atmospheric theatre emblazoned with the banner 'to thine own self be true.'
The Conway Hall is the home of the ethical society, promoting progressive humanist thought in central London, and consequently a pertinent association for students of a course that investigates the nature of community and methods that enable creative collective working in the making of performance. Such skills were put swiftly into action by the students as they integrated seamlessly with professional dancers, actors and musicians, as well as with other students from the University of Essex, in an exciting event that was warmly received by the audience.
Parade 2015 drew on the lost romance of Alain Fournier's Le Grandes Meaulnes and the melancholic circus of Federico Fellini and was a thought-provoking and vivid live event of interconnecting parts that probed contemporary experience in a fast changing world. We are proud to see our students contribute to London’s culture where creativity and new ideas can flourish whilst gaining valuable work experience and credits. Senior lecturer Dr Jane Turner is pleased to report that Conway Hall are keen to consolidate and expand their theatre and performance programme, so future work-based opportunities for students are to be expected. The Theatre and Performance Practice course’s aim of developing confident, critical theatre and performance makers was certainly in evidence in this Parade.