Thurrock graduate to perform dissertation piece at National Student Drama Festival

THURROCK university graduate to perform dissertation piece at National Student Drama Festival

A Buckinghamshire New University Performing Arts graduate from Chafford Hundred, Thurrock, will take to the stage at the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough next week (19-25 March) after her dissertation piece was selected to take part.

Modupe Salu, 21,of Grenville Road, Chafford Hundred, will perform I Can’t Breathe, a personal reflection on issues of race-related violence and cultural prejudice, to audiences at the week-long festival.

The graduate, who completed a degree in BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) at Bucks New University, in High Wycombe, will perform the piece four times and also take part in workshops with visitors. The Festival is a celebration of young talent and an introduction to the industry, organised with The Sunday Times.

Modupe, who attended Harris Academy Chafford Hundred and Havering Sixth Form College, said: “I put so much hard work into my dissertation piece and this is a massive opportunity to showcase myself to audiences including lots of influential people in the industry.

“I never thought my dissertation would take me to where it has and now I am extremely excited about what the future may hold, starting with the National Student Drama Festival.

“My time at Bucks New University allowed me to explore a range of new skills and I made a lot of contacts, as well as some life-long friends, so now I am looking to progress my career.”

During her time at Bucks New University Modupe performed also I Can’t Breathe at The Courtyard Theatre in London. She will be joined by Dr Nic Fryer, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage), and fellow graduates Jenny Wade and Adam Zaman, who are attending and supporting her at the Festival. Modupe is also now attending Identity School of Acting in London.

Dr Fryer said: “We are all very proud of Modupe, who is an amazing performer and has worked extremely hard for this opportunity. It is great to think that her dissertation piece has already created such a great impression.”

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