Monday, 12 May 2014
University of Worcester Drama students will be staging an original, short performance at the Infirmary Medical Museum this Thursday, as part of the Culture 24 ‘Museums at Night’ festival.
The festival will see after-hours cultural events taking place at museums, galleries and heritage sites across the country later this week.
At the Infirmary, students will be performing a short piece centred around the characters from the hospital’s past and inspired by objects and information from the museum. The performance will see the students immerse themselves in these stories, bringing to life their characters’ contribution to medicine, care and some of the gorier aspects of early medical practice.
The initiative follows the creation of a new module entitled ‘Theatre, Real Lives and History’, which enables students to develop their skills within the context of heritage sites.
Lucy Towns, of the performance group, explains: “There is no better place than the former infirmary building, now part of the University’s City Campus, to stage this production. We have enjoyed our time working at the museum; everyone has been very helpful and it is an experience we will remember.”
The two performances will take place at 7pm and 8pm, each lasting around 15 minutes. Following both showings, there will be an opportunity for visitors to talk to the students about the performance, and visit the exhibition. The event is free for visitors.
For more information about ‘Museums at Night’, visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk.