BY HATTIE NAYLOR
Students from Performance and Screenwriting modules (all years) took part in a Performance which combined, theatre, binaural sound, music, and disco, in a cross-disciplinary performance called DEAD in a week of performances for the general public in Sheffield.
The play is not finished. We are hoping to develop it into a full-length play with circus, a choir of children, a larger cast .
The story was an original drama written by Hattie Naylor (lecturer in Screenwriting at SHU) and directed by Henry Bell (Lecturer in Performance at SHU) for the students and is based on the seventeenth century ballad The Wife of Usher Well: a Mother is complicit in the death of her teenage children, overwhelmed with grief she wishes them back from the dead but when they return they cannot eat or drink and they wish themselves dead again.
Using this emotionally charged drama the performance explored our potential futures within the framework of Climate Change. Information regarding Climate Change and alternative futures was layered into the drama through the intimacy of the headsets. There was an abstract quality to the show allowing the performers to go from familiar domestic scenes to disco and mayhem, justified in the secondary narrative of the greedy seventies and eighties, and the global change that accompanied those periods.
Performance Lab | SHEFFIELD, Oct 2016
Performance SHU PERFORMANCE STUDENTS
Writing HATTIE NAYLOR
Direction DR HENRY BELL