Drama Students Tell Story of Worcester's History

Parts of Worcester’s history will be brought to life, at the very places where they happened, for residents, during two days of special performances by University students.

The Remnants of Worcester project, now in its second year, combines rehearsed theatre and experimental performance, with the public invited to participate at certain points.

Drama and Performance students from the University of Worcester will bring to life events from the 1700s to the present day, including the formation of what was to become the British Medical Association, which will take place at The Infirmary, within the University’s City Campus, and the establishment of a coffee house in Friar Street by Richard Cadbury, son of one of the founders of the famous chocolate brand.

Drama and Performance Lecturer, Dr Kerrie Reading, said: “This is a great opportunity for the students to not only examine key stories from Worcester's history but also uncover the lesser known and give a voice to those that have previously been denied one. Performing these events in the present allows the students, and the audience, to perhaps reconsider some of these past events with fresh eyes.”

The performances take place on Tuesday, May 8 and Friday, May 11, at 2pm. The second year students will move the audience from venue to venue as the action unfolds, starting at The Infirmary, then moving on to the Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service at The Hive, before finishing at The Tudor House.

Students have spent the past three months researching material for the performance. This research has included meetings, tours, exploring archive material and objects and a focus on particular characters or stories in detail. Students also conducted interviews with members of the public in order to gather stories about the changes to the NHS in Worcester, which students will explore within the performances at The Infirmary.

Second year Drama and Performance student, Jessica Knowles, said: “There are so many twists and turns in creating museum theatre that you don't expect. The most interesting part for me has been taking the real-life stories and experiences of some amazing people and making them known and accessible to our audience.”

Course Module Leader, Tom Drayton, said: “It is a great chance for members of the public to get a fresh insight into these amazing stories the local museums have to offer, and for the students to perform their work to a public audience.”

Tickets are free, but places are limited.

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