Aristophanes, amnesia and infanticide: LUTheatre's student productions for March

Posted by mjs76 at Feb 25, 2011 03:05 PM |
Our talented student thespians have three very different productions coming up next month, from the broadly comic to the deeply serious.

First up is There's Always Tomorrow written by undergraduate Diani Davies who is a member of LUTheatre. We feel confident in describing this as the world premiere of an exciting new work from an emerging voice in British theatre.

When Alex wakes up after having been in a coma for weeks on end, he finds he can no longer remember anything. Amnesia has caused him to forget even his family. Although he is given counselling, he feels that there is no point – “But what if I lost my memories on purpose?”

With the help of Holly Shaw, the doctor who has been assigned to look after him, Alex begins to regain some of his humanity and finally feels what it’s like to love again. However unbeknownst to him, there is already some underlying emotion that causes Dr Shaw to withdraw from him and stop herself from becoming too attached.

You can see There’s Always Tomorrow in the O2 Academy 2, in the Percy Gee Building, on Friday 11 March at 7.30pm or Saturday 12 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £7/£5.

What's a Greek urn?*

The following week, LUTheatre take the concept of old jokes to new extremes by performing a 2,422-year-old comedy – Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. First performed in 411BC, this raunchy comedy of sexual manners tells of an attempt to end the Peloponnesian War which had been raging between Athens and Sparta for 20 years (peace eventually broke out in 404BC). Lysistrata is an Athenian woman who persuades the wives of soldiers from both sides to withhold sexual privileges until the war is over.

Don’t worry though - this is an updated, modernised version by Kirsty Lawrence (who graduated from Leicester last year with a degree in Genetics) so you won’t need a Masters in Ancient History to understand the gags.

Lysistrata takes place in the ARC, the central atrium of the Percy Gee Building on Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March at 7.30pm each night. Tickets are £9/£6.

Does mother know best?

The third production is something much more serious. Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly is an example of ‘verbatim theatre’, using transcripts of real interviews with real people. The subject matter in this case is infanticide, specifically the case of Donna McAuliffe, a young mother who was convicted of the murder of her two children. Complicating matters is the fact that Donna’s own mother is a Labour politician who sees her chances of re-election dashed. Kelly’s play questioning the nature of truth received rave reviews when it premiered at Birmingham Rep in 2007.

Taking Care of Baby will be performed in the O2 Academy 2 on Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March at 7.15pm each night. Tickets are £9/£6.


Tickets for any of LUTheatre’s productions can be purchased on the door or bought in advance from the University Bookshop. To reserve tickets email Nick Edgeworth on

*About 20 drachma a week.

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