8th March 2004




Theatre students at the University of Lincoln will have the privilege of staging the first play in the newly refurbished Lincoln Drill Hall this weekend.


Seven students who enrolled last year on the university’s new Drama degree course will perform Anthony Minghella’s ‘Whale Music’ on Sunday evening (14th March 2004).


An early play by the Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter, ‘Whale Music’ is an exploration of the complex friendships among a group of old and new friends who rally around Caroline when her unplanned and unwanted pregnancy threatens to ruin her life.


Written in the same warm and poignant style of Minghella’s early television play ‘What If It’s Raining?’ and his first film ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’, ‘Whale Music’ features an all-female cast and draws on the range of acting and directing talents of first-year students on the university’s new Drama course.


Among the cast are Sara Beasley, Emily Blake, Niki Felstead, Amanda Jepson-Trushell, Jude Puxley, Claire Sarchet and Sophie Towers.


“This is a wonderful way for our students and the university to be involved in the opening week of Lincoln Drill Hall events,” said Professor Michael Earley, who heads the Drama programme and who published Minghella’s plays and screenplays at Methuen.


“The venue is remarkable and houses a fantastic theatre space that will give community groups and amateur theatre companies the high-profile performance venue that the city has long needed.”


‘Whale Music’ begins at 7.30pm on Sunday 14th March and tickets priced £7 (£5 concessions) can be purchased from the box office – call 01522 873894.


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