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Published on 14/01/14

Creating a hard-hitting piece of theatre that aimed to move an audience is a challenge for any 16 year old.
Creating a hard-hitting piece of theatre that aimed to move an audience is a challenge for any 16 year old. To think about some of the very real and difficult issues some people face in their everyday lives is tough. It is therefore a very encouraging to see our students dealing with this head-on with this project.

The scene centred on a drug addict's memories of taking drugs for the first time. Using a pulsing beat, props, masks and physical theatre techniques they created a movement piece to show the drug addict experiencing a variety of different hallucinations, both good and bad, before finally coming down once the drugs had worn off. They used a puppeteering technique to physicalise the hold the drug had over her, 'cutting the strings' to symbolise the drug loosening its hold. Finally, they added different lighting states to compliment the effect, including a strobe light accompanied by a heart beat to show her discomfort towards the end of the trip.

You can see the sequence being performed in the clip above.