LJMU Drama students & graduate set to direct at Titanic Festival

26 April 2012

Liverpool's Theatre in the Rough Festival returns for its fourth year in July (3-7), with a series of events marking the city’s links with the Titanic.

As part of a five-day programme, featuring a pop-up museum, live music and original art, including a piece by LJMU Alumna Susan Clayton, BA (Hons) Fine Art ,twenty emerging playwrights are currently working with the organisation and Merseyside Maritime Museum to produce two nights of new theatre as a creative response to the tragedy.

Current Level 6 Drama student, Sarah Jayne Van Parys, was selected from a high quality field of applicants to direct a number of the new pieces. Sarah brings with her experience of working in feature film and European theatre, and is a practising writer herself.

Sarah said:

"I am really looking forward to working with the TITR team this summer. I hope to help put together a show which will offer a tribute to the Titanic, which is especially important in a city like Liverpool which has so much history and memories surrounding the tragedy."

Also returning to direct is Natalie Dowdeswell, who graduated from the LJMU Drama Department in 2011. Natalie was on placement with the Theatre in the Rough Festival in her final year, making an outstanding directorial contribution.

Natalie said:

"I’m really excited to be working with the Theatre in the Rough team again on a subject as fascinating as the Titanic. The project is always a lot of fun to be involved with, as well as being a great opportunity for students and graduates."

Logo for Theatre in the Rough eventArtistic Director, Chris Fittock, said:

"We’re excited about working with Sarah, whose experience and theatrical daring is a perfect match for bold new writing by young people. We are very pleased to welcome back Natalie, now graduated, as a professional theatre practitioner. Natalie was part of a hugely successful first year of our taking on work placements from LJMU World of Work Careers Centre, and we have been keen to work with her again ever since."

The Theatre in the Rough Festival 2012: Liverpool and the Titanic is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

For further information visit: http://www.theatreintherough.com/

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