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Drama and Performing Arts Major Project Week

The department of Drama and Performing Arts at ARU wants to invite you to our Major Project Week, where our third year students will present their performance pieces.

Please come and join our students research in drama and performance at our venues in Covent Garden Studio, The Mumford Theatre and Lab028.

Monday 7th of March

Piece by Alex Comino

Covent Garden Studio @ 3pm

Empathy & Discord by Jon Green & Soli Wood

The Mumford Theatre @ 3pm

Exploring how influencers suppress empathy within audiences.

The Body Monologues by Anika Parris

Covent Garden Studio @ 6pm

You have heard about the Vagina, well now it’s time to hear about the penis, the toes and so forth.

The Whistle by Antonio Papola

The Mumford Theatre @ 6pm

The journey of a young man into his first work experience away from home.

Tuesday 8th of March

Shine Up by Emily Green

Covent Garden Studio @ 11 am

A comedic satirical game show where we take the losers of the world and SHINE THEM UP! Tune in for this week’s show to meet our next contestant!

Piece by Madalena Santos

The Mumford Theatre @ 11 am

Piece by Hangming Zhang

Lab028 @ 11 am

Blurb of the piece

Lost In Translation – The Attack of Social Media by Sparrow Charlton

Covent Garden Studio @ 3pm

A virus has corrupted half of the population however it is nothing that could have been foreseen for one lonely detective...

Phasmophobia by AJ Spicer

The Mumford Theatre @ 3pm

After moving into her new flat, Wendy thinks she’s finally making it in life, until she discovers that she’s not alone. Haunting her home is Gwen, a 58-year-old ghost trapped in the body of a 19-year-old. Once discovering that there’s only enough room in the flat for one of them, they both compete to get the other to leave, by however means necessary.

Piece by Daniel Lambez Millo

Covent Garden Studio @ 6pm

Blurb of the piece

The Show Must Go On by Charlotte Spicer

The Mumford Theatre @ 6pm

In 1940, when war broke out, all theatre performances where restricted. But one theatre continued on strong. The Windmill Theatre. When a fellow theatre company lose their theatre to the Blitz, they plead to the Director of The Windmill, who agrees to put on their show. But with bombs falling every night, will this quirky company ever get to perform?

Wednesday 9th of March

Light in the Shadows by Abbie Kermode

Covent Garden Studio @ 11 am

This piece depicts the rollercoaster of emotions for a young man named Noah, who we see battle with his inner demons whilst trying to mentally recover from previous scars. This truly emotional narrative is a compilation of acting, dancing and singing, using choreographed movements as a symbol for mental distress and torment of this character.

Emma’s Luck by Emma Soley

The Mumford Theatre @ 11 am

A Silent Slapstick Comedy Film, inspired by forgotten female comedienne’s work from the early twentieth century, aiming to disprove the stereotypical misconception that women aren’t funny.

Represent Me by Saria Kelly

Covent Garden @ 3pm

A short piece highlighting the importance of representation and the need for diversified castings.

Piece by Emily Baron

The Mumford Theatre @ 3pm

Exploring our inner voices though song

Your sincerely Mrs Darcy by Molly Walton

The Mumford Theatre @ 6pm

We all know pride and prejudice.... a beautiful, crazy emotional enemies to lovers’ story of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Maybe I should Introduce myself I’m Mrs Darcy, I married my enemy Mr Darcy and its my story of our Untraditional Love story, Lets Raise the curtain and let the show go on. Enjoy all.

What happened to the arts during Covid-19? by Eleana Ray. Lab028 @ 6pm. A screening of a documentary film of zoom interviews discussing the impact of Covid-19 on the performing arts industry and the experiences of the professionals. Eleana Ray speaks to industry professionals about their experiences of working in the arts when the world was in lockdown in 2020 and 2021.



Thursday 10th of March

A Day in a life of an Actor by Ana Abrantes & Daniela Galhoz

Covent Garden Studio @ 11 am

A short film/documentary about the way people face the audition process.

The Serpent and Blind Dragon by Thomas Barlow

The Mumford Theatre @ 11 am

Treachery. Debauchery. Power. Love. When all come to a head, one man's faith in his friend and lover will be put to the test in this dramatic period piece.

The Faustian Bargain by Happy Janicki & Simona Trombetta

Lab028 @ 11 am

Blurb of the piece

Alice by Saffy Taylor-Creek

Covent Garden Studio @ 3pm

Trigger warning – mentions of suicide

Alice is suffering through grief and she goes into outlawry as a way to cope.

Piece by Christian García, Alicia López and María Neira

Lab028 @ 3pm

Piece by Ednizer Jorge Thomas

Covent Garden Studio @ 6pm

Friday 11th of March

Piece by Eloi Pass

Covent Garden Studio @ 11 am

Out of the darkness by Rachel Garrett

The Mumford Theatre @ 11 am

A short musical that is set in a LGBTQ+ therapy group, where we hear the story of all the characters and the struggles they face while being a part of that community. I have written the storyline and all the scenes but have taken songs from musicals that have themes of the LGBTQ+ community. You will hear music from the likes of Rent, Falsettos, everybody's talking about Jamie and many more. It’s a fun, uplifting musical with the intention to make you understand the struggle real people go through.

Lars von Trier – a short film by Adina Cojocaru

Lab028 @ 11 am

My piece represents a documentary film that explore Lars von Trier’s influences, inspiration and motifs to create. The main focus is on his childhood and education.

Limitless by Paige Donoghue

Covent Garden Studio @ 3pm

A creative documentary about Autism Spectrum Disorder exploring how individuals with the condition navigate life and relationships. The film gives insight into the positives and negatives surrounding the condition, debunking stereotypes and emphasising how everyone is different. Different isn’t always a bad thing!

p + c + 11 + f = Musical Formula by Elena Rigoni

The Mumford Theatre @ 3pm

Do you want to write a spectacular musical? Let Aaron Burr, Glinda and Javert show you what elements you need for your musical to work!

A historical and contextual Analysis surrounding the development of Musical Theatre shows between the decades of 1960-2021- by Claudia Agnes, Savannah Falconer , Dylan Jenkins, Abbie McEwan, Luzia Oliveira, Jade Uzomah.

Covent Garden @ 6pm

Our piece is an documentary highlighting different Events and changes which influenced Musicals released between the decades of 1960s-2021. Songs will be sung and a historical overview will be spoken about each chosen musical.

Nora Gladstone by Anna Marcelle

The Mumford Theatre @ 6 pm

Nora Gladstone is a piece that talks about a writer who loses hope of pursuing her passion and finds herself far from her dream job. The piece shows her moments of figuring out who she is and what she really wants. Is it too late for Nora to pursue what she always wanted? Or should she stick with the path she’s already on? I guess we will find out!