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Drama Society takes Attenborough Centre stage with A Clockwork Orange

SUDS members on stage before their first performance

The cast in rehearsals

Sussex University Drama Society (SUDS) is staging its first production at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) since the refurbished Grade II listed building reopened its doors in 2016.

For seven months a cast and crew of 19 Sussex students have been working on their version of A Clockwork Orange, which thinks through the intricacies of gang culture, juvenile delinquency, toxic masculinity, morality and justice.

Anthony Burgess adapted the stage play from his famous 1962 novel; expect physical theatre, dance and music in the four performances between Thursday 4 and Saturday 6 April.

When asked why people should come along, SUDS President and final-year English Literature student Clara Bennathan said: “Our all-female production team is taking on a masculine cult classic. It’s a chance to stage something provocative and popular. We hope the show will draw in a wide crowd who might not usually be interested in independent theatre.”

Izzy Thurston, who is stage managing the production while in the second year of her Drama, Theatre and Performance degree, commented: “We’re playing around with gender subversion in some of the roles. We’re proud that we can put our touch on this play that has a lot of preconceptions around it.”

Clara went on to emphasise the impact of working in a professional arts centre: “This is the first time SUDS have staged a production in the Attenborough Centre since its renovation. It’s a fantastic space for our actors. The professional scale provides opportunities for students interested in production, too. Our student technician is getting one-to-one coaching from professional technicians here.”

This academic year ACCA has also been home to Sussex University Musical Theatre Society’s (SMuTS) sold-out production of Legally Blonde: The Musical and the Inter-University Pole Dance Championships, which came to Falmer following Sussex Pole Society’s competition victory in 2018. On 13 April Got to Dance 2019 will feature performances from Sussex Dance’s national title-winning troupes and other societies, including Cuban Salsa and Swing.

To book tickets for A Clockwork Orange, visit the Attenborough Centre website. University of Sussex students and staff can benefit from concessions.


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 4 April 2019

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