Students to perform pair of powerful plays at Derby Theatre

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University of Derby Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre students will present two thrilling and thought-provoking plays next month.

Following two previous successful performances of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Pronoun, University of Derby Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre students will perform The Laramie Project and Fugee.

Both plays offer a commentary on society in 2018, covering issues from immigration and child refugees, to LGBT minorities and hate crime.

As part of the Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre degrees, both shows are directed, produced and performed by students. Both productions are an opportunity to showcase some of the best student work from the University of Derby and emerging talent in the East Midlands.

On May 4-5, the first production to be performed will be The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project. This enthralling and hard hitting play is a reaction to the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard in 1998. The play highlights a lack of hate crime in multiple states in America. A film adaptation by HBO was also commissioned in 2002.

This production of The Laramie Project has also made global connections, becoming part of The Laramie Project Project, an invaluable project which aims to unite various performances of The Laramie Project to raise awareness around hate crime.

On May 11-12, the second production in this double bill is Fugee by Abi Morgan. Written in 2008, the play comments on the current situation of refugees and challenges conceptions people have on refugees. The company have also been creating local links with the Derby Refugee Centre to fully understand the wide array of challenging experiences refugees can encounter. Fugee presents to the audience a look at what being a refugee is like from a child perspective and follows the story of Kojo and his friends, other refugees from around the world.

Tickets for The Laramie Project and Fugee are £10 each (£7 concessions) and £5 each for University of Derby students. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk