BA Acting Autumn Production: The Strip

City covered in bright lights

12 Dec - 16 Dec 2017

The Strip, Written by Phyllis Nagy, Directed by Jonathan Martin

The Strip is a dizzying play of connection, fate and love.  In America, Ava, a woman aspiring to be a female impersonator, is offered a job at Tumbleweed Junction, but no instructions on how to find it.  Unknown to her, her mother cleans toilets there, and records letters to her daughter that she will never send.  The man who has come to repossess Ava’s car is falling in love with her.  A journalist, Kate, cleans her automatic pistol and writes letters to an astrologer.  In England, redneck Lester and his wife and baby are living in a tiny flat in Earls Court.  Across the way, gay fitness freak Martin lives with his dissatisfied roommate, Tom.  Astrologer Suzy prepares star charts and replies to Kate’s letters.  Sleazy, shadowy Otto Mink manipulates these strands, nudging the characters towards the story of their lives.  Richly theatrical and savagely comic, The Strip takes us on a roller-coaster ride to the epicentre of contemporary civilisation: a place of myth, magic and stark modernity.

The Strip is part of Drama Centre’s autumn season, alongside Joe Penhall’s Some Voices.  These two productions are the first public performances featuring the current third year BA Acting students.  In these productions, the actors apply their training to projects that are run to industry standards, including a professional director, designer and stage manager.  The entire third year of the course is viewed as a transition from the world of training to the professional sphere.  As the training journey approaches its end, the professional journey begins.

This performance is part of the BA Acting annual Autumn Productions. 

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Please note that this show contains moderate swearing, violence, plus smoking on stage. Due to content this show is not suitable to children or young people under 16 years of age. Please be aware that this show also features flashing and strobe effect lighting.