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Sell-out audiences witness gripping drama

22 February 2013

Chris Theobald

Arts’ centre transformed into Wiltshire woodland for Jerusalem production

St. Peter’s Arts Centre was recently transformed into a piece of Wiltshire woodland complete with 15ft trees, grass and a real caravan for a Third Year BA(Hons) Acting production.

The stunning set was the focal point for a version of Jez Butterworth’s ‘Jerusalem’, a dark comedy described in the Guardian as, 'Unarguably one of the best dramas of the 21st century'.

The show premiered at the Royal Court in London in 2009 starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook. It transferred to the West End in 2010 and to Broadway in 2011. This UCLan production, directed by Acting Course Leader Terence Mann, was performed by arrangement with Nick Hern Books, and was the first production of Jerusalem in the North of England.

“I was blown away by the standard of acting and the brilliant set”

The cast of 13 third year acting students received standing ovations from audiences attending the four sell-out performances.

Janet Hampson, Casting Director for the likes of Hebburn and Citizen Khan, said of the production: “Fabulous performances by UCLan third year actors.”

Sarah Heaton, UCLan staff member, added: “Congratulations to Terence, all the teaching team and the fantastic cast of Jerusalem.

“I was blown away by the standard of acting (unfaltering West Country accents) and the brilliant set. I was gripped all the way through.”

Commenting on the production Terence said: “It was great to see big audiences give such an appreciative response to the shows. It certainly made all the hard work from the students and technical team seem worthwhile. We are all very proud of this production.”

“Thanks for the support of the students’ friends and families, the general public, industry professionals along with members of staff including academics, administrative staff and management.”

“It was great to see big audiences give such an appreciative response to the shows”

UCLan’s St Peter’s Arts Centre is used full-time as a teaching space throughout Semester One. The venue hosts back-to-back productions by the BA(Hons) Acting and BA(Hons) Music Theatre courses from December to May.

Terence added:  “The production values of our shows and standard of work produced by our students is extremely high, often equal to anything on offer in the region’s leading professional theatres.”

You can catch the final BA(Hons) Acting production, J.B. Priestley’s ‘Dangerous Corner’ at St Peter’s Arts Centre currently running until Saturday, 23 February.