Rugby College degree students return to stage for first performance since pandemic began - The Rugby Observer

Rugby College degree students return to stage for first performance since pandemic began

THE STAGE is set for degree-level students at Rugby College to return to the spotlight for the first time since the pandemic began when they perform a popular British play.

Students on the new BA (Hons) Performing Arts course will be bringing Amanda Whittington’s Be My Baby to the college’s Platform Theatre next week.

It will mark the first time degree students perform in front of a full audience at the college – with other performances curtailed by Covid.

Around 20 students will be supporting the production across the three days, with members of the public invited to come along and see the next generation of stage talent.

Set to a soundtrack of popular 1960s music, Be My Baby follows the story of 19-year-old Mary, who is seven months pregnant when her mother delivers her into the charge of a church-run maternity for young, unmarried women.

Liam Clarke, performing arts lecturer at Rugby College, said: “Students coming to the end of the third year of their studies have seen a big impact on their studies by Covid – with some of their learning taking place during the pandemic.

“I know they can’t wait to get out there on stage and show everyone what they have learned over the last three years.

“Be My Baby is an incredibly moving story told with warmth and humour and is one of the most widely performed modern British plays.

“We selected this production as we feel it caters perfectly to the talented group of individuals we have on the course. They have put hundreds of hours of preparation into this and they should be very proud.”

Performances take place at 7pm from Wednesday (July 6) to Friday (July 8).

Visit for tickets, priced at £7.50 plus booking free for adults and £5 plus booking free for concessions.

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