Student drama group presents 24-hour play (don't worry, it's not 24 hours long)

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 14, 2010 12:30 PM |
LUTheatre will present their next production on Sunday 24 October but we can’t tell you what it is because that will only be decided on Saturday 23 October!

The announcement that our student drama group LUTheatre are planning a ’24-hour play’ raises the intriguing possibility, to those with a taste for the more eclectic side of theatre, that they might be considering a revival of Ken Campbell's legendary, epic production of Neil Oram's The Warp.

But it’s not a play that lasts 24 hours, it’s a play that is prepared in 24 hours.

That's all right then. That sounds much more sensible.

Interested parties will gather at The ARC in the Percy Gee Building at 6.00pm on Saturday 23 October to choose a script. The production then needs to be cast, learned and rehearsed within 24 hours, not to mention finding set dressings, props and costumes.

The curtain will rise in the O2 Academy 2 at 7.30pm on Sunday 24 October and everyone will have the opportunity to see what our talented students have achieved. Entry is free (doors open at 7.00pm) although there will be a collection for the Chickenshed Theatre Trust, a charity which provides top quality youth theatre and relies entirely on donations.

Students interested in helping with the 24-hour play should contact Ruth on or Ket on

Further ahead, LUTheatre are planning their usual range of excellent (and more rigorously prepared!) productions including Tom Stoppard’s gloriously funny The Real Thing over 3-5 December 2010; an ambitious, puppet-based adaptation of Anne McCaffrey’s science-fantasy classic Dragonsong over 10-12 December 2010; and Bryony Lavery’s intensely powerful tale of obsessive love Stockholm (dates TBC).

Before all that, there's the return of Proteus, LUTheatre's evening of ten-minute plays. You can catch this (for free) in the Attenborough Building's Lecture/Film Theatre at 7.00pm on Thursday 21 October.