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DMU drama graduates perform on the international stage

Drama and Performing Arts graduates took part in the hugely successful GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai.

The students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) gave a rousing Shakespeare-inspired finale to end the international festival showcasing British creativity and innovation.


Their original 20-minute piece, specially written for the festival, combined characters from Shakespeare's plays to celebrate Britain’s cultural heritage along with digital elements.

DMU graduates, many of whom have gone on to set up their own companies, spoke of their time in Shanghai with pride.

Andrew Davis, graduate in Performing Arts, now part of a Bang in the Void company, said: “It’s nice hearing other people’s perspective on the performance. It’s great. It’s a new territory where we can make our mark on art makers.

“We’re innovative theatre makers. This is what we do and we want the world to see it.” 

Jenni Smith, Drama graduate, said: “Shanghai has been great. It has taken us out of the ordinary day-to-day lives we have in the UK and pushed us to do extraordinary things.

“It sounds cheesy but, as Shakespeare says in As You Like It, ‘All the world’s a stage’ and now a little bit more of the world has been our stage.”

The three day exhibition was designed to boost creative industries in China.

Organisations represented at the event included the BBC, Jaguar Land Rover and Mulberry. DMU was the sole education partner for the festival.


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De Montfort University is recognised as a centre for excellence for teaching performance arts subjects.

Students can learn dance, drama, performing arts, fine art, photography and video and arts and festivals management. Our talented staff and students contribute to the cultural life of the university and the city of Leicester by organising events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and performances.

Tracey Cruikshank, Associate Head of the school of Arts and head of Drama at DMU, has been leading students for more than 10 years. She specialises in contemporary drama, stylistics and drama. 

Posted on Wednesday 4th March 2015

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