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Thursday, 19 May 2011

ALRA Summer Season of Theatre has arrived!

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ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) is 30 years old. Founded in 1979, Situated on the northen edge of Wandsworth Common in the magnificent Grade II listed Royal Victoria Patriotic Building. ALRA is the first drama school to offer a training which encompasses all media: Live Theatre, TV & Film and Radio.
This year ALRA summer theatre productions are aimed at younger audiences Skellig is suitable for ages seven and up, and Junk and Sandholm are aimed at the over 14s, featuring ALRA's Third Year students. Several students already have professional credits lined up; Chris Ashby’s episodes of Doc Martin and Holby City air soon, and Stephanie Winiecki will spend the summer with the National Theatre on Emperor and Galilean. ALRA’s three productions involve partnerships with theatres, theatre companies or festivals, bringing an invaluable edge to the actor's final performances at ALRA (the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts).

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Rachel final year stage management and technical theatre
 David Almond's Skellig comes to the ALRA Theatre as part of the 2011 Wandsworth Arts Festival.

This end of year drama school production, directed by Phil Clark of the original Brimingham Stage company Production is one to watch with the children.The amazing one to watch with the children.The amazing Skellig set has come all the way from  Broadway and has been skillfully fitted by the students on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre course. The Skellig and Junk will be touring the Tara Arts after their run at the ALRA Theatre, marking their fourth and fifth visits to the Tara Studio.

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Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 May, 7.30pm. Saturday 21 May 3pm
By David Almond
Directed by Phil Clark
Suitable for 7+

Michael’s baby sister is sick, he can’t concentrate at school and the new house is a mess.
Trying to get away from it all, Michael explores the garage of his new house – the walls and ceiling are crumbling away. He discovers a man inside, a man with chalk white skin, almost crumbling away himself. But this man is extraordinary…

David Almond’s Skellig has become an instant classic. The novel was voted by the Carnegie judges as one of the top ten most important children’s novels of the last 70 years. It remains a story about faith and magic in the most unlikely places.

Free ticketed:
020 8870 6475

Tara Arts: Wednesday 1 June, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.50 (£7.50 concs)
020 8333 4457

ALRA Theatre: Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 June, 7.30pm. Saturday 11 June, 3pm
By Melvin Burgess
Directed by Philip Dart

Suitable for 14+

‘It was a love story. Me, Gemma and Junk.’

Tar is running away from another beating from his Dad. Gemma is just running away.

Life becomes a dazzling riot of colour and drugs and punk and drink and love. They’re out to take anything life can throw at them.

Slowly, heroin creeps into the heart of their lives. Everything falls away in the face of junk. Nothing is safe; everything is up for barter, even love. 

Conor Harte
Lead actor in Junk

Free ticketed:

020 8870 6475
Tickets: £11 (£7.50 concs)
020 8333 4457

ALRA Theatre: Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June, 7.30pm. Saturday 25 June, 3pm.

Schools matinee Friday 24 June, 2pm.
By Anna Bro
Translated by Mia Theil Have and Max Webster
Directed by Gareth Nicholls
A co-production with Company of Angels.
Suitable for 14+

Sandholm: a huge and bleak asylum centre on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Hundreds of people - dozens of nationalities - live cheek by jowl, trying to rebuild their lives in identical shoebox bedrooms.

A young woman calling herself Job arrives, who speaks to God. She seems to have no past, no tales of her own; she seems to bring small miracles with her.

Anna Bro wrote Sandholm after visiting the centre herself; this play is born out of the stories she heard while she was there.

ALRA, Studio 24, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, John Archer Way, London SW18 3SX
Tel: 020 8870 6475 Email: Fax: 020 8875 0789

Tara Arts
020 8333 4457

Many thanks to Amy Smith at ALRA
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