The Elephant Man will be brought to the stage later this month in a joint production between The Torch Theatre Company and drama students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Based on Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), the Elephant Man, born with very severe deformities in Leicester, was first exhibited at a freak show and then went to live at the London Hospital.
Third Year BA Acting and Theatre Design and Production under-graduates are being directed by Torch Theatre Artistic Director Peter Doran in this production that gives students valuable experience of working with a professional director. The students are undergoing weeks of rehearsal whilst developing a range of skills and disciplines.
The drama, concentrates on the man who began to develop abnormally during the first few years of his life. The Elephant Man had thick and lumpy skin, he developed enlarged lips, and a bony lump grew on his forehead, one of his arms and both of his feet became enlarged and at some point during his childhood he fell and damaged his hip, resulting in permanent lameness. He died at the age of 27 from his condition believed to be a very rare congenital disorder known as the Wiedemann syndrome.
BA Acting Programme Director, Dave Ainsworth said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for our students who wish to work in the industry. Peter Doran is one of the most respected theatre directors in Wales and has much to offer in the way of experience and knowledge.”
Stacey-Jo Atkinson, BA Theatre Design & Production programme director added: “It’s such a valuable opportunity for our students to be working with industry professionals as part of their studies here in Performing arts at UWTSD. Industry focused experience is at the heart of all our teaching and is what makes our students employable when they graduate.”
The Elephant Man can be seen on Wednesday, 15 February; Thursday, 16 February and Friday, 17 February at 7.30pm.
Tickets full at £10.50, concessions £8 and students £6.
For tickets, contact the Torch Theatre website on: www.torchtheatre.co.uk / (01646) 695267. Customers can now print their own tickets at home, so there will be no need to queue at the Box Office