Bristol Old Vic Theatre School presents hard-hitting verbatim piece The Laramie Project

The students of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will be staging The Laramie Project in the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic from 20 – 29 Feb.

The production is directed by Drama Directing alumna Nancy Medina, winner of the Peter Hall directing award in 2018 and the Genesis Future Director award in 2017. She has recently directed Two Trains Running by August Wilson for the English Touring Theatre and the Royal and Derngate Northampton.

The design for this production of The Laramie Project comes from two current MA Theatre Design students with Carly Brownbridge designing the set and Bea Wilson on costume design.

A piece of verbatim theatre by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Group, this remarkable play investigates the aftermath of the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 and the effect it had on the community of Laramie.

Through news reports and interviews with residents of Laramie, Kaufman’s play uses the words of the locals to examine this shocking example of homophobia in small town America. The Laramie Project challenges us to consider society and what it means to be human as it swings from narratives of deep hatred to great compassion.

‘Laramie is a town defined by an accident, a crime. We’ve become Waco, we’ve become Jasper. We’re a noun, a definition, a sign.’

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Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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