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Alumni Update: February 2017

Alumni Update: January 2017

Bridget Christie tours Because You Demanded It

Bridget Christie, who graduated from ALRA in 1997, is among those touring the best live comedy shows in 2017, according to The Guardian. This spring, Christie is taking her show Because You Demanded It, which The Guardian has coined as "a clownish howl of impotent fury at the successful Leave campaign", around the country this spring.

Because You Demanded It will be coming to Leicester Square theatre, London, running from 31st January - 11th February before touring around the country.

Bronwyn James features in Harlots

ALRA alumna Bronwyn James is to feature in Harlots, a satirical 'dramedy' coming to Hulu starring Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville in 18th century London as duelling brothel owners. Find out more on the New York Times.

Denise Gough interviews with ALRA

We recently had the opportunity to interview 2002 graduate, Denise Gough about her past and upcoming projects, as well as her experiences as an actress. Read the interview here.

Akila Cristiano, Andrew Armitage and Gianbruno Spena in Save

Save at The Hen and Chickens with Akila Cristiano, Andrew Armitage and Gianbruno Spena

Next month, Theatre 76 will present its third production at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, Save.

This production follows five people and their stories and has been described by the theatre company as "a series of bittersweet monologues about the struggles and conquests these five characters experience when faced with love, rejection, ego, ageing, and tragedy". 

Three ALRA graduates will be starring in this production, namely Akila Cristiano (Founder of Theatre 76), Gianbruno Spena and Andrew Armitage

They each graduated from our BA Hons in Acting programme, Cristiano and Spena in 2013, and Armitage in 2014. Recent Stage Management and Technical Theatre graduate Aidan Good will also be working on the show's lighting and stage management.

Save will run from 21st - 23rd February at 7.30pm, more information and booking details are available here.

Dan Bottomley and Luke Adamson star in Richard Parker

Richard Parker, with Dan Bottomley and Luke AdamsonLast year, ALRA graduates Dan Bottomley and Luke Adamson wrote, created and starred in The House of Usher, a brand new gothic musical thriller inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher which utilised a brand new score and a small cast of exceptional actor-musicians.

Now they have both taken on a new project starring in new show Richard Parker, written by Owen Thomas.

Richard Parker is a black comedy which tells the story of two men who meet on the deck of a ship and are both named Richard Parker, unaware that their coincidental encounter is just one piece of a longer chain which links them both together.

The production ran at the Hope Theatre on 22nd and 23rd January.

Please visit the Hope Theatre's website for more information.

Rohan Nedd in The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops, with Rohan NeddRohan Nedd, who graduated from ALRA's BA Hons in Acting course last year, is starring in a touring production of EM Forster's 1909 classic short story, The Machine Stops.

The production, adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield, is "a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology", according to Pilot Theatre.

The production will be touring to various locations in the UK this spring from 10th February to 8th April 2017.

To find out more information including how to get tickets, please visit the Pilot Theatre website.

Bianca Mulligan and Maddy Anholt feature in comedy fundraiser

Earlier this month, ALRA alumni Bianca Mulligan and Maddy Anholt featured in a comedy double bill show at ALRA South. We would like to say a big thank you to Mulligan, who graduated last year, and Anholt, one of our 2010 graduates, for featuring in the show which served as an entertaining way to raise funds for Sarah Double's (ALRA's Assistant Principal) race in aid of the Barnardo's charity. Find out more about the show here.

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5 tickets for ALRA showcases | that's alumnights

At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

To find out the forthcoming shows, please see the ‘What’s on’ section of the website.

Alumnight tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; to book tickets please email info@alra.co.uk

Please note: ALRA still offer free tickets to all ALRA shows to alumni that are within their first year of graduation.

To learn more about ALRA’s graduate package please email dylan.stafford@alra.co.uk

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