2nd February 2000

 

FAUST WORKSHOPS PROVE A DRAMATIC EXPERIENCE

 

Drama workshops staged by Bristol University students in Hull this week gave school pupils from East Yorkshire a special insight into the story of Dr Faustus.

 

To complement its current exhibition of drawings inspired by Goethe’s play ‘Faust’, the EICH Gallery (part of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside) invited pupils from six local schools to take part in workshops led by Bristol-based thespians Cut Branch.

 

Eighty-five sixth-formers from six East Riding secondary schools enjoyed workshops on Monday and Tuesday this week (31st January and 1st February 2000). All are studying for A-levels in performing arts and drama.

 

Cut Branch performed a one-hour version of Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’ before leading a discussion on the two plays.

 

The company is made up of Bristol University students Sandy Grierson (English and Latin) and Tom Wright (Drama) and a Bristol graduate, Thomas Chalk, who took his A-levels in Hull.

 

At the Monday workshop an introductory talk was given by the artist Alan McGowan, whose drawings based on Goethe’s ‘Faust’ are currently on show at the EICH (European Illustration Collection Hull) Gallery.

 

“The workshops really worked well,” said gallery curator Kathie Jenkins, who organised the event in collaboration with the drama advisor at East Riding Council.

“We normally do art workshops, and this is the first drama workshop we’ve tried. But it’s been a great success and we may well do more in the future.”

 

Alan McGowan’s drawings can be seen free of charge from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4.30pm at the EICH Gallery, which is part of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

To view a selection of the works on display point your World Wide Web browser at http://eichgallery.cjb.net

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)