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Jen Atkinson (right) a BA (Hons) Acting student taking the lead role of Rosalind in Blackpool and The Fylde College's first ever outdoor production, As You Like It

Jen Atkinson (right) a BA (Hons) Acting student taking the lead role of Rosalind in Blackpool and The Fylde College's first ever outdoor production, As You Like It

Stanley Park is set to provide the spectacular backdrop as a group of performing arts students stage their first outdoor production.

The performers from Blackpool and The Fylde College’s creative arts department are staging Shakespeare’s As You Like It this week.

The cast of 27 will use various locations around the 256 acres of parkland to bring the romantic comedy to life.

Audiences will follow performers around the park, with different sites setting the scene for the play which sees heroine Rosalind travel through the Forest of Arden, fleeing her uncle’s court to find safety and, eventually, love.

David Norris, programme leader for BA(Hons) acting, said: “Outdoor theatre is a niche market for performers and there is currently a huge demand for outdoor summer productions.

“They tend to be more personal as the audience is a lot closer to the actors and will feel drawn into the play.

“There’s a completely different atmosphere to watching actors on a purpose built stage.”

Course leaders are hoping the production by the acting and musical theatre students will be the first of many outdoor performances in the town.

Mr Norris added: “This will be the School of Creative Arts’ first full outdoor production so it would be great to see people of all ages coming out to support the students.

“I would love to see a lot more regular street theatre in the next couple of years and take the concept out to the wider Fylde coast if it’s

successful.”

There will be three free performances, starting at 3pm daily, from today and on Thursday and Friday.

Audiences are asked to meet at the bandstand in Stanley Park for the opening scene and are encouraged to bring their own seating and picnics or snacks.

And performers are vowing to go ahead whatever the weather so waterproofs (if needed) are advised.

For more information about upcoming events, log on to moodle.blackpool.ac.uk.

 

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