‘THE WARWICK Mafia’ will be performing their latest work when the Warwick Arts Centre is opens its doors to the public latenext week.
The Emerge Festival, an exciting new four day programme of experimental theatre in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) at the university, will showcase work from Warwick alumni as part of the joint 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations of the Arts Centre and the university respectively.
Head of Programme and Audiences at WAC, Matt Burman, said: “We wanted to celebrate the great number of theatre companies that come out of Warwick and give them a platform to perform – not in isolation, but as part of a festival to give them greater impact.”
Affectionately known as ‘The Warwick Mafia’, the term refers to alumni of the university who are passionate or high up in the the theatre industry.
The established and newly emerging companies who will be showcasing their latest work include Fellswoop Theatre, Fat Git Theatre, Forced Entertainment and Barrel Organ – all of whom have receieved critical acclaim for performances across the country.
Jonny Heron, who works at IATL, said: “From a University point of view, the Arts Centre is the heart and soul of campus and its one of our best classrooms – creating an exchange between academics and the general public, and current students and alumni.”
Emerge Festival is running from Tuesday, October 28 until Friday, October 31 with afternoon workshops and evening performances.
The Emerge Laboratory, the accompanying workshops are open to all and can be booked at www.warwickartscentre.co.uk, but students from Coventry and Warwick Universities are also being given the exclusive opportunity to attend full afternoon sessions of talks alongside the workshops and are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening performances of alumni theatre companies’ work is open to all, with tickets available from the WAC box office online or by ringing 02476 524524.