3rd October 2003






He’s worked with Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Dario Fo – and now theatre expert Professor Michael Earley can add Common Ground Theatre Company to his CV!


Professor Earley, who has taught at Yale University, the Tisch School of Art in New York and the Juilliard School of Music and Drama, is now in charge of the University of Lincoln’s drama degree course which accepted its first students last month.


But he took time out from his work on campus to give some tips to members of Common Ground Theatre Company who are in rehearsal for their autumn production.


In November the Lincoln-based drama group will stage Lillian Hellman’s ‘The Children’s Hour’, a play set in a private girls’ school in New England.


Director Vicky Ashberry asked Professor Earley to give his young cast some tips on how to perfect the American east coast accent – and she was delighted with the result.


“We were hoping Michael could help the cast with their accents but he ended up giving us a masterclass on the whole play,” said Vicky.


“It’s very well known in the United States as a play associated with the McCarthy era, like ‘The Crucible’, but it’s less well known over here.


“Michael gave us some new perspectives on the play and also did some really good stagecraft work with our members.”


Common Ground Theatre Company will be performing ‘The Children’s Hour’ from 12th until 15th November 2003 at the Millennium Festival Studio Theatre in the Central Methodist Church on Lincoln’s High Street.


For more information on the University of Lincoln’s drama course telephone the faculty office on Lincoln 886251.


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Caption: Professor Michael Earley with cast members Kirsty McAra (left, playing Rosalie Wells) and Francesca Gugliotta (right, playing Mary Tilford).


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

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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