Sunfest drama festival returns

Sunfest at Arts Centre Washington
Sunfest at Arts Centre Washington
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A DRAMA festival returns next week with the promise of something different for audiences.

Sunfest sees drama students from the University of Sunderland put on a month-long series of performances at Arts Centre Washington, starting from Thursday.

It is the fifth year the festival has taken place, which provides students with valuable experience in running their own programme, and performing in front of paying audiences.

“Sunfest gives our students the experience of planning, producing and performing shows for a paying audience,” Graeme Thompson, Dean of arts, design and media at the university, said.

“It’s an invaluable experience and a tremendous platform to showcase their skills.

“I am grateful to our friends at Arts Centre Washington for providing this unique opportunity for our students.”

Among the programme will be performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Measure for Measure. Helen Green, creative director at Arts Centre Washington, added: “We are passionate about working with young people, supporting new and emerging talent in Sunderland and the development of high-quality theatre experiences for all.

“We are therefore delighted to be able to merge all three of these priorities in the Sunfest partnership with the University of Sunderland.

“Arts Centre Washington’s growing reputation for original and innovative theatre makes it an ideal base for the drama students where they can gain a real insight into the workings of a small-scale touring venue.”

Sunfest is at Arts Centre Washington from Thursday, April 23, to Saturday, May 16.

Tickets for all performances are £6.50/£5.00 (conc) and start at 7.30pm.

To book, or for more information, visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or call 219 3455. The full Sunfest 2015 programme is:

•Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Thursday, April 23.

•The Pitchfork Disney – Saturday, April 25.

•Top Girls – Thursday, April 30.

•Cloud 9 – Saturday, May 2.

•Oresteia by Aeschylus – Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9.

•Macbeth – Thursday, May 14.

•Measure for Measure – Saturday, May 16.