While many Southport College students are enjoying a relaxing break after the end of the College year, a group of Performing Arts students have decided to take advantage of their department’s facilities over the summer and hone their performance skills by staging an additional production.
The group of students have recently completed the first year of their two year Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and decided they wanted to make good use of their summer break by staging their adaptation of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’.
The play, written in 1949, takes its audience on a journey into 1940’s America following the final days of a failing travelling salesman. During the post-war economic boom in America, Willy Loman, returns from a business trip exhausted and has been battered and bruised by the American dream. He has dragged himself and his family into the depths of society by employing flawed morals and beliefs, whilst envying his successful alter-egos. The play seeks to identify who is to blame for his actions; Loman himself or the cut throat society in which he lives.
Stephen Kinsella, a student involved in the production said “We made a unanimous decision to take on such a huge and important play in American literature and began rehearsing immediately. We are very lucky at Southport College that we have access to a fantastic £3 million rehearsal and performance facility and wanted to put it to extra use once our course had finished for the summer break.
“The whole production has been cast, directed and marketed by students on our course and none of us are any older than 20 so this has been great experience for all of us involved.”
The enthusiastic cast are offering the public a fantastic opportunity to see some really talented performers, many of whom have had call-backs from some of the most prestigious drama schools in the country.
The students are staging evening performances starting at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th July and Wednesday 18th July and a matinee performance at 2.00pm on Wednesday 18th July.
Tickets are priced at £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions (OAPs and under 15s) tickets can be purchased from Southport College main reception Monday – Friday. Please call Southport College on 01704 500606 for opening hours.