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Success at National Student Drama Festival

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The Babysitter. Photo: Peter Marsh / ashmorevisuals

Warwick's students have impressed audiences and judges at the National Student Drama Festival 2013, picking up a number of awards including the Festgoers' Award and a commendation for ensemble work.

Warwick University Drama Society's (WUDS) production of the play Pornography was well received at the annual festival, held in Scarborough from 23-29 March 2013.

The play provoked some lively discussions both in the daily Q&A sessions and the festival magazine, Noises Off. Undergraduate Joseph Henshaw took home the award for audiovisual design for his work on the production.

InDepth Theatre Company, based at Warwick, produced Breman Rajkumar's new comedy The Babysitter, about epilepsy, politics and adulthood. The team received four awards: Sunday Times Playwriting Award, Director's Guild Award for Direction, a commendation for Ensemble Work, and the Festgoers Award, voted for by audiences.

Dan Hutton, English and Theatre Studies student and President of WUDS, won the Harold Hobson Award for Theatre Criticism.

Read Dan's reviews of The Babysitter and Pornography.

Dan commented:

The success of these two shows at NSDF proves the drama community at Warwick to be one of the most impressive in the country. The drama societies here are a breeding ground for creativity and the experience gained by our members will no doubt translate into success in the professional world.