This year’s cohort of graduating Theatre Arts students have made an unapologetically noisy entrance into the industry, with a festival of original work created by the students in our spaces at Middlesex University, all based on the theme of ‘Noise’.
“After two extraordinary and challenging years for us, and for the performing arts as a whole, it’s more important than ever that our students take their place in industry with confidence and optimism,” says director of programmes, Nicola Stammers. “Noise is the perfect theme to sum up our students’ spirit of brash, innovative and unapologetic creativity. The future of theatre is transforming faster than ever before, and this generation of students will be leading those changes.”
Project x NOISE features two original performances created by student ensembles formed out of the undergraduate programmes in Theatre Performance and Production and Theatre Design and Production. Un[Ruly]’s The Ant Experiment is a poetic and visual exhibition of human behaviour, exploring fragments of memories and snapshots of life. Some Things, created by Malodiversary, reflects upon the mental noise found in everyday situations, turning it into a mindful, kaleidoscopic reality.
After previewing in our theatre spaces on campus, the shows embarked on a brief tour – participating in MDX Dance’s New Horizons festival, before culminating in a showcase at the renowned fringe venue, Camden People’s Theatre.
Camden People’s Theatre has long been a home for emerging theatre artists and has launched the careers of creators and companies like Fevered Sleep, Chris Thorpe, Scottee and Nouveau Riche. The Project x NOISE festival is a continuation of Middlesex’s long-established relationship with CPT, and is a bold statement of ambition for our graduates as theatre artists of the future.
Photos: Beka Molnar (top), Cléo Roggenhofer (bottom).