Performing Arts Student Production Goes Off With a Bang

Published 16 May

Performing Arts


Performing Arts students last night put on their very own performance of Bang Bang You’re Dead, a play by William Mastrosimone.

The entire show was produced by the students, who were responsible for everything including directing, set design, lighting design, props management, costume design, marketing of the event, and of course the acting.

Last year the School of Digital and Creative Industries decided to change their creative subject curriculums from the BTEC Specification, which had introduced exams, to the more practical specification of University Arts London (UAL).

The UAL specification at the end of the academic year requires students to undertake a collaborative performance project. This performance project requires the student to make use of the skills, knowledge, and understanding developed throughout the year to complete a collaborative project. This project provides the student with a measure of self-directed learning, and an opportunity to begin to clarify their longer-term goals through their choice of an activity to explore in greater depth.

Giles Atkinson, Subject Sector Leader Digital Media, Performance and Production, said: “The night was a great success. Throughout the rehearsal process, the students have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to the production process which is, I feel, shown through their final results.”

William Mastrosimone wrote the play “Bang Bang You’re Dead”, to address school violence. Based on a true story and written in reaction to threats of violence-from students, toward students-at his son’s school. The play is about a teenage boy who has shot and killed five of his classmates. He is sitting in a cell and the ghosts of his victims come back to question why he did what he did.

(Photos from dress rehearsal)

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