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19th July 2011, 10:47am
Lincoln drama students impress Hollywood judges to scoop international award
Niki Felstead and Andy Jordan collect the award Actors and playwrights from the University of Lincoln's School of Performing Arts won a top prize at an international drama festival after beating competition from countries such as America, Italy and Poland.

The performance of their play, The Man Who Fell Out Of Bed, scooped the special jury prize after impressing top stars of the big and small screens, among them Prison Break actor Stacy Keach, Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi and renowned American theatre and opera director Jeffrey Sichel.

The International Theatre Schools Festival is held in Warsaw and is organised by the State Theatre Academy - the oldest and most prestigious drama school in Poland. Lincoln was the only UK drama school to be selected for this year's festival.

Andy Jordan, lecturer in the School of Performing Arts and director of the play said:" The show itself was a total sell out; it was very enthusiastically received by its audiences. To receive the recognition of such an esteemed jury is something the cast should rightly be proud of.

"The particular award itself was also very gratifying to receive, as it recognised the overall performance and the team effort behind it. "

The Man Who Fell Out Of Bed was written by Paul Sellar (who now teaches in the school as a freelance lecturer), original music was composed by Chris Cook and the cast featured current students and recent graduates from the school namely Niki Felstead, Jonny Collis-Scurl, Scott Baxter, Amy Pemberton, Dean Graham and Amie Connor.  

The review in the festival magazine stated:" The Man Who Fell Out Of Bed is a contemporary trial without the crime, but with punishment, being locked in the dehumanizing office building...... intriguingly funny, thrilling and up-to-date, very well played…. The spectacle boldly plays with the subconscious fears of the modern man….. It stays etched in our memory."

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