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Students wow crowd with gritty drama

June 20, 2013

Students from West Cheshire College put on a hard-hitting performance of gritty play ‘Unprotected’ in front of a packed audience which included well-known Liverpool actress Pauline Daniels.

A group of Level 4 HNC and Level 3 performing arts students put on the performance along with technical theatre students who assisted with lighting and sound.

Performing Arts students put on a performance of gritty play Unprotected

 

The play, which was held at the College’s state-of-the-art John Prescott Theatre, provided an insight into the lives of prostitutes and the way it can affect the people around them, including the harrowing deaths of three prostitutes in Liverpool in 2003.

Pauline Daniels, who starred in the play at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, watched the students after visiting them earlier in the year during their rehearsals.

The actress came to the College to give the students valuable advice to prepare for their roles and provided an insight into the creative process behind the development of the play and its characters. The students also went to Liverpool to meet two writers of the play.

Paul Moss, Programme Leader in Performing Arts at West Cheshire College, said: “The students have worked really hard preparing for the play, they put on a fantastic performance and we received excellent feedback from the audience.

“Having Pauline come into College during rehearsals and to watch the play really gave the students a boost and definitely helped with their performance.

“Our performing arts students have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of plays- from hard-hitting ones like Unprotected to more light-hearted performances, so they develop a wide range of skills and knowledge.”

Actress Pauline Daniels who watched the show, said: “I was completely bowled over by their performance.

“The performance was so believable and as actors they were all superb, as were the lighting, sound and whole technical team. It was edited and directed with perfection.”

Donations given during the performance of Unprotected will be given to The Armistead Centre, an outreach centre for street workers which offers advice, guidance and refuge.

For more information about performing arts courses at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk

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