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Drama students to perform in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral

Dance and drama students Tuesday 9 February 2016

A group of students from the Dance, Drama and Performance Studies Department have been working hard to develop a series of performances based on Arvan Kumars’ epic children’s tale The Heartstone Odyssey.

The Heartstone Odyssey is currently at the centre of a film and cultural development programme led by the Lord of the Rings film producer Barrie Osborne, and Liverpool is one of five international centres participating, along with India and Alabama.

The story starts six months previously, when renowned Indian dancer/choreographer Sitakumari brought The Heartstone Odyssey to life with a dance and drama production, performed by dancers from Liverpool Hope University. It was performed at the Capstone Theatre and opened by MP Louise Ellman. The performance was supported by representatives from the Merseyside Police Commissioners, Merseyside Asylum Link and Liverpool Muslim Association, as well as a large pubic audience.

Following the success of this launch event, Senior Dance Lecturer Rachel Sweeney began working with nine students to develop a large-scale performance involving primary and secondary schools from across the region. It will be presented at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Thursday 31st March.

Senior Lecturer in Dance Dr Rachel Sweeney said: “This is an invaluable experience for our dance students, as they are being given a rare insight into the workings of a large-scale professional production.

“As well as learning how to translate the story of The Heartstone Odyssey into a contemporary dance and drama showcase, the students are also delivering creative movement workshops in schools across the region, bringing the performance to over 100 school children and gaining essential teaching skills.”

The story touches on themes of migration and racial politics in the UK, told through the eyes of the young heroine Chandra and her mice-friends. It will be told through a performance at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Thursday 31st March at 2pm. Entrance is free.

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