DRAMA students at the University of Huddersfield are set for real-life experience in staging their own productions.
The student-run Doodle Theatre Company is gearing up for its first show.
A Rose by Another Name is a twist on the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet, adapted and directed by second year student Luke Pearson.
Production company director Amy-Rose Atkinson, 24, of Halifax, said: “We’re all really excited. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students.”
The theatre company was set up in September as a not-for-profit organisation aimed at showcasing the talents of the university’s 300-plus drama students.
The company is backed by course tutors and the company was given £300 to cover start-up costs but the group will have to pay its way.
Amy-Rose hopes the public of Huddersfield and beyond will support the initiative by buying tickets and help them stage more productions in the future.
“We only had a small amount of money to start off with so we are having to pull in favours across the university,” said Amy-Rose.
“We are asking the music department to provide the music and the fashion and design department to help with the costumes.
“It’s a way the whole university can celebrate and showcase their work.”
A Rose by Another Name will be performed by Brick Wall Ensemble at the university’s Milton Building on Friday, February 1 (7.30pm) and Saturday, February 2 (2.30pm and 7.30pm).
Amy-Rose said: “The production is going to be fantastic. It looks so professional.
“I know I am biased but this will be a professional standard show and we are hoping as many people as possible come out to support us.
“We want to see people who are interested in performance as well as those who wouldn’t usually be. It’s going to be accessible to everyone.”
All profits will be ploughed back into future productions and plans are afoot for several more before the end of the academic year.
A stand-up comedy show is also in the pipeline.
Inspired by both theatre and contemporary dance, A Rose by Another Name sensitively handles issues of young people struggling with their sexuality and homophobic bullying and follows the framework of Romeo and Juliet.
There will be three performances over the two days. Tickets cost from £3 to £5 and can be bought from the box office on 01484 478449 or at miltonboxoffice.hud.ac.uk