INNER SANCTUM is a unique and original work of site-specific, interactive performance, developed by students on the BA (Honours) Drama degree at Ulster University. It will be a performance unlike anything you have seen before, taking audiences on a journey inspired by our experiences of care, from the cradle to the grave.
INNER SANCTUM has been developed by second year Drama students from Ulster University studying Production and Performance. The project builds on a long-term collaboration between staff and students of Drama and Nursing (led by Senior Lecturer of Nursing, Pat Deeny, and Lecturer in Drama, Dr Matt Jennings), using drama techniques to improve communication skills and patient-centred care. Our team has also collaborated creatively and conducted research with the international Fun Palace event (supported by #Derry Creatives), the Theatre of Witness project at The Playhouse (Derry/Londonderry), Bread and Roses Theatre Company (Donegal) and the Banyan Theatre Company, who specialise in puppetry and Theatre for Young Audiences. The work has been informed by real experiences of care, from health care in hospital settings to our most fundamental relationships, creating a thought provoking and moving collection of performed stories. Audiences of all kinds will be able to connect with the stories, join in the games and explore the spaces.
Dr. Matt Jennings has described INNER SANCTUM as, “a sci-fi fairytale, exploring the idea of care, leading audiences on an adventure throughout the Foyle Arts Centre building, down to a basement of forgotten things and up to an attic of dreams. Android orphans, a ward of shadows, a memory garden, and a starry sanctuary where you hear your own thoughts”.
Many of the ideas evolved from intimate conversations and personal experience, as well as research into health care through history and into the future. The team, including Drama student and set designer, Hannah Fullerton, are transforming the Foyle Arts Centre, creating “a dystopian world where our deepest feelings collide with the routines of the institution, combining cabaret, comedy, shadow puppets, games, performance art and theatre. INNER SANCTUM explores the tension between love and science, feelings and treatment, self and other. Follow the quest. Answer the question. Find the INNER SANCTUM”. Production Manager and Drama student, Courtney Harbinson is “excited with the possibility of presenting theatre in non-theatrical spaces and the challenges and possibilities that are presented by the format”.
The show runs from Wed-Fri 18-20 January 2017, with performances at 1 pm, 5 pm and 3pm. Audiences are limited to 32 people per performance, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are: full price £5 or £3 Concession. Group bookings may be eligible for a discount rate. The performance is open to all members of the general public.
To book tickets, please contact Aoife Nugent on 07716568806 or alternatively: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to find out more about the project, please contact Dr. Matt Jennings at email@example.com