CARTWRIGHT CABARET INSPIRES THE STARS OF THE FUTURE
Multi-award winning, international playwright, director and actor Jim Cartwright stepped under the spotlight for an engaging question and answer session with aspiring drama students.
Jim Cartwright and his team of actors visited Bury College to perform the Cartwright Cabaret, an innovative production which explored many of Cartwright’s plays. The production had no set meaning the actors used music and movement to link different monologues together.
The showcase was directed by Jim Cartwright himself and was delivered in front of an audience of Bury College Performing Arts and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies students and local high school pupils. After the showcase performance, students and pupils were invited to ask Cartwright questions as he held a question and answer session about his personal life and professional career.
Cartwright shared information about how his career first started, the challenges he’s faced within the industry and what inspires him.
Cartwright said, “It is important to dream as a young person and also important to believe that all is possible whatever your background. I come from an ordinary working class council estate, expectations were for most people low but when I started high school I was taught by a drama teacher who really inspired me and it is fair to say my life and expectations began to change. It is amazing now to see my plays and work being performed all over the world and being translated into over forty languages. All is possible.”
17 year old Connor Goodwin, studying A Level Drama and Theatre Studies, Sociology and English Literature and Language was left feeling inspired following the showcase. The former Swinton High School pupil from Bolton said, “The Cartwright Cabaret was a deeply inspirational production. It was an interesting adaptation of Cartwright’s work and seeing how you take a play from the page to the stage.”
Andy Tomlinson, Curriculum Manager for Music and Performing Arts, said “Bury College were honoured to welcome Cartwright to the college” and that “the packed audience of college and school children is testament to the importance and influence of Jim as a playwright.” The college are currently preparing for the relaunch of their theatre. The relaunch event, which will see the theatre re-open as the newly named Cartwright Theatre, is one of the exciting developments part of the Bury College School of Performance.
Cartwright added, “It is amazing to hear that Bury College are naming their theatre after me. The college has great facilities and the students are focussed, attentive and intelligent.”
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