Students delight with thought-provoking play

Caryl Churchill’s thought provoking and haunting play Vinegar Tom was performed by the second year students on the Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) course at Truro College to two audiences in the College’s Mylor Theatre.

It was an incredible success; a Brechtian inspired visual feast full of powerful performances. One member of the audience said it gave her goose bumps while a first year Performing Arts student, Lauren Beckerleg, said: “It was brilliant”.

Cast member Alannah Batson particularly enjoyed playing a part with a political message, saying: “I loved the feminist message in the play. It was really rewarding to play such a meaty part – something we could really get our teeth into.”

Talitha Jobson, who played Betty, also said: “It was great being part of the project that taught us about putting theory into practice. I have learnt that Brecht isn’t boring!” Tom Wiles really enjoyed the visual aspect of the play, saying: “The costumes were great, and mine really helped me get into character.”

Many of the students hope to go on to study acting after College, with some having already received offers from reputable universities such as Kent and Royal Holloway while others are busy preparing for Drama School auditions.

The students will now build on the skills they have learnt during this project to create a Kneehigh style piece of original theatre that will not only be performed at College in May but also toured to local venues.