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Play shows links between college and theatre

Posted onPosted on 13th Apr

Performing arts students at Vision West Nottinghamshire College are joining forces with Education @ The Palace to present a new play.

As part of a new writing programme, Write Track, at Mansfield Palace Theatre, Malice by Matt Lamb was selected for full production and will be staged at the college’s Create Theatre on Derby Road, Mansfield.

The play, which will be performed on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April, focuses on six teenage gang members.

A new member, Max, arrives to be initiated into the gang. Francis is clear that he is the leader, but Malice has other ideas. What happens when respect and loyalty get questioned and challenged by the gang members?

The world of the gang is played out through a series of challenges / games. Seth and Maggie enjoy testing others. Tommy remains quiet. Max is not sure how to gain respect in this world of jealously and mistrust.

Dan Wilkinson, who plays Francis, said: “Being able to experience professional acting work and having the power to help develop the play and help adapt the piece to best suit each character. It was very insightful having intense development on both the piece and the characters.”

As the partnership between the college and the Palace continues to grow, the play’s director, Christopher Neil, said: “It is great to provide this opportunity to the students and a local writer. It is a really exciting challenge bringing this play to fruition.”

Matt Lamb, the playwright and an ex-performing arts student at the college, has formed his own local theatre company, Smelly Sox.

He said: “As a new writer, the Write Track project has been a brilliant opportunity for me to develop my skills. Having Malice deconstructed and challenged while allowing the cast to bring out the best within it and discard the rest is extremely rewarding.”

The cast of six students, along with members of the production team, are all studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at the college.

The play starts at 7.30pm on both days and tickets, which cost £6, can be purchased from Mansfield Palace Theatre Box Office, tel 01623 633133, or by calling 01623 413363 or at