ISDF Spotlight: Five Names, Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth based theatre company Pot of Thieves are one of the 20 student theatre companies from across the globe performing at the International Student Drama Festival which opens in Sheffield this Friday and runs until Saturday 30 June. Pot of Thieves are a company who seek to create and stage radical, controversial and original performances of dramatic texts, producing work that is emotionally charged, intellectually stimulating and politically pertinent.
Shortlisted from over 120 student productions from the UK, their production of Five Names is the world premiere of this unpublished work by Howard Barker, a living British playwright who has written extensively for the stage and is considered to be one of the major writers of modern European theatre. The Crucible Theatre housed a number of Barker plays during the ’80s and ’90s and we’re delighted to welcome this production to the International Student Drama Festival for 2012.
Five Names tells the story of five figures from landscapes across history and mythology who are struggling against the circumstances of their identity as defined by history, culture and society. Weaving together themes of morality, sexuality and death, this play will explore what we accept as history and reality.
Pot of Thieves present Five Names at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio from Friday 22- Sunday 24 June.
A photo of the Five Names company in Aberystwyth