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‘Trouble in Paradise’ at Macclesfield Barnaby Festival

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Performing arts students from Macclesfield College are preparing to take centre stage at Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival next month when they perform their original drama, ‘Trouble in Paradise’.

Macclesfield College in-house theatre company Muse (run by the college’s students) has written, directed, choreographed, produced and staged ‘Trouble in Paradise’.

The production is set to have its premiere at Macclesfield United Reformed Church on Tuesday 19th June at 7pm.

An immersive theatre experience, that invites the audience to become part of the story, the Trouble in Paradise drama begins in the 1980s with Jennifer, a female journalist.

It then takes the audience on a journey with the protagonist as she discovers family secrets that turn out to be much darker than she’d anticipated.

Bringing Jennifer’s great aunt Betty back to life through her diary, the story takes the audience back to the 1920s and, as past and present collide, both Jennifer and the audience realise what a fateful discovery her great aunt’s scribblings really were.

The show will have three performances on Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June and tickets are priced at £10 each.

(Update: Friday now sold out)

Student Katie Fisher commented: “We are really excited about the Trouble in Paradise production because it has involved all the skills students have been gaining across Macclesfield College’s Performing Arts courses and collaboratively we have created a script, performance and audience experience that we think brings something really fresh and thought-provoking to the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival.”

Katie added: “We want the audience to genuinely feel part of the show so we’re inviting them to come to the performance in 1920s dress if they want to, making it even more of an experiential evening.”

Rehearsals for the show are well-underway and are going well, with the students feeling so confident that they are already sharing pictures from the rehearsal rooms on the Muse Theatre Company Facebook page.

Sarah Bacon, Macclesfield College’s course leader for performing and production arts, said: “The Barnaby Festival can trace its roots back to the 13th century when Macclesfield was granted its borough charter and, in its current form since 2010, it aims to inspire and encourage creativity.

“That’s exactly the ethos we have for our performing arts students and this production demonstrates how they are learning both the creative skills to develop something original and exciting and the practical skills they need to deliver their concept in a professional and engaging way.

“The students’ efforts have put them side by side on the festival programme with the likes of Will Self and Arthur Smith.  It will be a great experience for them and I cannot wait for opening night on 19th June.”

Tickets for Trouble in Paradise are available through the Barnaby Festival ticket office.

Visit www.barnabyfestival.org.uk/programme2018 for further information.

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