Review: SunFest, Customs House, South Shields

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THIS month sees the second consecutive year the students of Sunderland University have taken over the Customs House.

The launch of Sunfest 2012 saw little snippets of work from the university’s talented dance, drama and performing arts students.

They will be strutting their stuff at the South Tyneside venue for the best part of a month.

The night started off with a little look into the mind of The Bard, with Shakespeare’s King Lear.

It was a very strong start with the king berating his daughters for their betrayal of him.

This is one of the classic stories from the wordsmith that I am yet to fully endure, and on this fine performance it looks a sure-fire winner from the Sunderland lot.

The play and the story will be performed in full on May 11.

With contemporary dance being high on the agenda, it was the turn of the second and third year dance students to set the standards.

Some super flawless movements with great dexterity thrilled the small crowd at The Customs House.

The duets came with some spine-tingling cello music and in the style of dance practitioners Merce Cunningham and Wayne McGregor.

These dancers have worked so hard, with perfect feet positions and total dedication.

These and original pieces from the students can be seen on May 24 and 25 in Come and Join The Dance.

Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht was offered to us next, this play is a portrayal of the devastating effects of war on the ordinary people.

It was a great cast that shows the talent of the students.

Again, I haven’t seen this play before, but it shows great promise. This can be seen in full tomorrow.

l For a full list of programme events and to book your tickets, log on to www.customshouse.co.uk