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Welcome to this year’s Richard Burton Company!

16 October 2019

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Production and Design

Welcome to this year’s Richard Burton Company!

Made up of the College’s final year actors, designers, stage managers and technical specialists, this first season of the new company brings us the perfect storm of comedy, tragedy and romance.

Bus Stop, London Wall and Stupid F***ing Bird are all produced, performed and managed by our in-house production team.

Stupid F***ing Bird

RWCMD Acting lecturer, Patricia Logue talked about directing Stupid F***ing Bird, Aaron Posner’s edgy and contemporary reboot of Anton Chekhov’s famous Seagull: 

This play has taken Chekov’s The Seagull as its backbone, but updated it for a contemporary audience to make it more accessible, yet still running with all the themes of The Seagull: love, loss, art, theatre and what that all means.

“For me, this play has a real generational feel in the way that the older characters and younger characters deal with problems in different ways.

Aaron Posner is making a comment on that, and solving some of the problems the original play creates – especially for the female characters!”

He wrote the parts that he really enjoyed in The Seagull and I felt that he filled in a lot of gaps that Chekhov just wasn’t interested in writing. Aaron was interested in developing those. It’s a beautiful play and a lot of fun.”

Behind-the-scenes of Stupid F***ing Bird

Bus Stop

Originally written in the 1950s, William Inge’s romance set in a Kansas diner tells the story of an aspiring nightclub singer and her obsessive young cowboy boyfriend, who are stranded during a snowstorm with a bus-load of travellers.

London Wall

John Van Druten’s play is set around the romantic entanglements of the staff at a firm of British solicitors in London, highlighting the inequality of women employed as shorthand typists and preyed-on by male colleagues. Only marriage can rescue them.

Our next RBC productions are Patrick Marber’s Dealer’s Choice, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, and Dance Nation by Clare Barron, running from 27 Nov – 7 December.

Don’t forget that thanks to the generous support of Liberty Living, who provide our student accommodation, tickets for most Richard Burton Company productions are FREE for all RWCMD students! (They’re also either free or reduced for many other performances within the College).

Students can ask at the Box Office or visit the College Hub for full details.

Vsit our Richard Burton Company page for more info. 

Find out more about studying Acting, Design for Performance and Stage & Event Management at the College .

Production credits:

Bus Stop
Directed by David Bond
Assistant Director Ariel Whitfield
Set and Costume Design by Anastasia Louka
Lighting Design by Ella Cunnison
Sound Design by Nick Laws

London Wall
Directed by Julia Thomas
Set and Costume Design by Cleo Andriola
Lighting Design by Andy Pike
Sound Design by Nathan Williams

Stupid F**king Bird

Directed by Patricia Logue

Set Design by Eve Martin

Costume Design by Nikita Verboon

Lighting Design by Rocky Hood
Sound Design by Euan Foster

All Photography: Kirsten McTernan

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