Students from Middlesex University have created and performed their own adaptation of Steven Berkoff's The Trial in a special performance.
Students designed the sets, costumes, sounds, lighting, and after months of rehearsals put on a show in the new Ravensfield Theatre on the Hendon campus.
The play, directed and performed by second year BA Theatre Arts students, follows the story of Joseph K who is unexpectedly arrested and has to fight for his innocence. It is performed in four sections, each by a different group of students.
Some 52 students from two modules, one acting and one design module, collaborated to put together the production, which was shown over two days. The acting included nine students appearing as leading role Joseph K.
The set was designed and made by the students, set manager Cara Forsdick (21) from Nottingham said: “We wanted to make the set interactive and it had to be something that worked for all four parts of the production. It’s an industrial theme using harsh tones and plenty of metal – we have created an industrial style courtroom.”
Tom Hendry (21) from Braintree, who is head of sound for the production, said: “It’s been a real learning curve, I came to university to learn how to be a director and to try new things, and I’d never worked on sounds and music before but really enjoyed putting it all together. It’s been intense but has really prepared us for life outside university. It’s a really professional operation here, everyone has been fantastic.”
Module leader Nicola Stammers said: “They’ve done a really great job and have worked incredibly hard. It has been a challenge but they’ve produced a very strong performance, set design and costumes.”