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UCLan graduate brings internationally acclaimed artists to Preston

16 October 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Catherine organises two theatrical performances

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate has made such a success of her final year theatre project that she has attracted internationally acclaimed artists to take part in two productions.

Contemporary theatre and performance graduate Catherine Shaw produced and hosted the Derelict 14’ Programme in the final year of her degree which brings live performance and art to Preston. Since graduating this summer, Catherine has continued to develop the Derelict Programme and has organised two performances for later this month which will take place at UCLan’s Media Factory.

The 21-year-old has brought in two internationally known companies for both productions; Near Gone performed by Two Destination Language and My Son and Heir performed by Search Party. Catherine has done everything else from completing risk assessments to managing the technical bookings to bring the productions together. She has even been recognised by The Guardian for her work with Derelict by featuring in Lyn Gardner’s pick of the week.

"I am passionate about bringing engaging performances and talent to Preston and I hope the forthcoming shows at UCLan’s Media Factory are a success with the local community."

Catherine commented: “I’ve had some fantastic feedback on the Derelict Programme and am particularly pleased with the acknowledgement from The Guardian. I am passionate about bringing engaging performances and talent to Preston and I hope the forthcoming shows at UCLan’s Media Factory are a success with the local community.”

As well as working on Derelict, Catherine also works for local creative intervention project They Eat Culture as a project assistant, acts as a local engagement specialist for London production company Fuel and is a trainee project manager for Manchester based performance company håb.

She was also awarded the UCLan Creative Focus Award for Performance in her final year of study, which is part of a series of awards handed out each year to recognise success across all creative courses within the University.

Derelict Performance

Two Destination Language: Near Gone is on at UCLan’s Media Factory, Wednesday 22 October, 7.30pm. Search Party: My Son and Heir will be performed on Saturday 25 October, also at the Media Factory, at 7.30pm. Tickets for both performances cost £9 or £5 concession. To book or for more information visit Derelict Live.