Leeds arts students show Latitude

ON STAGE:  Students from Leeds Beckett University are performing at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
ON STAGE: Students from Leeds Beckett University are performing at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
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A team of Leeds Beckett University students and graduates will hit the stage this weekend at one of the UK’s leading arts festivals.

They are at this year’s Latitude Festival in Suffolk.

A group of 13 students from the performance and dance faculties have worked with the Yorkshire-based Stand and Be Counted (SBC) Theatre company, to create a 30-minute, original performance of the same name.

The performance will be enacted seven times throughout the four-day festival, which runs until Sunday at Henham Park. Today’s performances are at 1pm and 4.30pm, and Sunday’s are at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Dan Craddock, Lecturer in Performance at Leeds Beckett, said: “The theme of this year’s Latitude Festival is ‘revolution’ so we asked everyone to come up with a one-minute audition responding to this theme. What we now present with Stand and Be Counted is a manifesto of what matters to the students: what they are angry, passionate or worried about.”

Stand and Be Counted encompasses protest, live music, dance, motivational speech, spoken word, musical theatre, political opinion and audience interaction.

Rosie Macpherson, Artistic Director at SBC Theatre, said: “Young people can feel locked out of conversations and, with this performance, we are saying ‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’, ‘own what you care about’, and ‘this is your revolution’.”

“Dan and I have been the co-directors but really we have been more like facilitators. Everything has grown from the students’ ideas and what they care about.”

For more information about the theatre group please see www.sbctheatre.co.uk.

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