The launch of a new theatre society in Glasgow University’s already thriving theatre scene was a surprising breath of fresh air. Offering the audience (and open to all) a night of short plays a month, Staged Theatre Society aims to give a taster of all kinds of genres – as well as providing a challenge to the actors, directors and crew to provide a worthwhile performance in limited time and space. And the goods were delivered. Even the slightly ad hoc venue (Woodlands Hall of Wellington Church) only served to reinforce that it was in this type of event that the heart of student theatre lay. The artfully compacted plays show were: “Ashes to Ashes” by Harold Pinter, directed by Olga Silkina; “Play” by Samuel Beckett, directed by Amy Cameron; and “The Late Middle Classes” by Simon Gray, directed by Max Horberry – who’s initiative it was to start the society. All showed a high level of skill and were met with great enthusiasm by the audience – who will undoubtedly be returning for more next month.
- October 15, 2010