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5th May 2016, 8:51am
Students to take over historic Theatre Royal for final year showcase
Students to take over historic Theatre Royal for final year showcase Students will take over the Lincoln Theatre Royal for a full weekend this month as they showcase their creative work in a two-day interactive show – the first time in decades the historic city venue has staged such an exhibition.

Final year undergraduates from the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media have been given access to the theatre for the entire weekend of 14th and 15th May, presenting a plethora of creative work including films, digital art, photography, soundscapes and even ‘virtual reality’ experiences.

It is the first time in 20 years city art students have exhibited their work at the Grade II listed Lincoln Theatre Royal, built in 1893 on the city’s Clasketgate. The exhibition is open to the public and completely free to attend.

Every area of the Theatre Royal will be brimming with brand new, original, experimental and creative content. Highlights include:

•     A pop up Writer’s Space in the Green Room, where visitors can take part in script reading
•     Dressing rooms which will be transformed into individual cinema booths and installation spaces
•     Screenings in the 450-seat Victorian auditorium of innovative and compelling films which have      been specially produced for the event
•     Above and below the stage will be transformed into large exhibition spaces for one-off design and      digital media projects
•     The bar will become a pop-up gallery space, with bespoke photography and design images on the      walls
•     Backstage will play host to a walk-through sound installation space and a smaller, more intimate      ‘listening room’.
•     A virtual reality experience will be created on-line, to give visitors a virtual browse of a selection of      the work.

Head of School, Dr Sarah Barrow, said: “The Theatre Royal will be filled with original films ranging from comedy and horror to experimental films, along with sound and radio installations,  3D sound projects and design and digital media projects.

“Photography enthusiasts will also be able to view a range of photography exhibitions, while there is also a chance to see behind the scenes of planning for new productions with script readings and discussions of storylines and ideas.

“This is an opportunity to really involve the wider community with the creativity of our students and the exceptional work they produce.”

The Lincoln School of Film and Media’s Degree Show is an annual event which invites the public to see work produced by third year undergraduates, many of whom have gone onto win industry awards for their productions over the years.

Ian Dickens from Lincoln Theatre Royal, said: "We believe that young people are the vital life-force behind the future of the arts in the UK. This installation and exhibition by a vibrant group of talented students in the historic Victorian Grade II Listed Lincoln Theatre Royal is a thrilling juxtaposition that bodes well for future symbiotic events between us all.

“We are delighted and honoured to be the venue chosen to host this prestigious end of year degree show, and we hope that this will herald the beginning of many more successful collaborations between University of Lincoln and Lincoln Theatre Royal. We wish the students every success for their futures and a happy and productive weekend with us at Lincoln Theatre Royal.”

The event runs from 11am to 7pm on Saturday 14th May, and 11am to 4 pm on the Sunday. Access for wheelchairs is limited to the ground floor only. Some content may not be suitable for children.

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