Performing Arts students from Macclesfield College are preparing to take centre stage at Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival next month when they perform their original drama, ‘Trouble in Paradise’.

A leading provider of performing arts courses in the North West, Macclesfield College has its own theatre company – Muse – and offers level two and three courses in Creative Media Production, Music Performance and Production and Performing & Production Arts, along with a level three Foundation Studies in Creative Media course for those 18+.

The talented cast and crew of Macclesfield College students from Muse Theatre Company have written, directed, choreographed, produced and staged ‘Trouble in Paradise’, which will have its world premier at Macclesfield United Reformed Church on Tuesday 19th June at 7pm.

An immersive theatre experience that invites the audience to become part of the story, the innovative Trouble in Paradise drama begins in the 1980s with Jennifer, a female journalist. It then takes the audience on a journey with Jennifer, as she discovers family secrets that turn out to be much darker than she’d anticipated.

Bringing Jennifer’s Great Aunt Betty back to life through her diary, the story takes the audience back to the 1920s and, as past and present collide, both Jennifer and the audience realise what a fateful discovery her great aunt’s scribblings really were.

The show will have three performances on Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22ndJune and tickets are priced at just £10.

Comments Year 2 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts student, Katie Fisher: “We are really excited about the Trouble in Paradise production because it has involved all the skills students have been gaining across Macclesfield College’s Performing Arts courses and collaboratively we have created a script, performance and audience experience that we think brings something really fresh and thought-provoking to the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival.

“We want the audience to genuinely feel part of the show so we’re inviting them to come to the performance in 1920s dress if they want to, making it even more of an experiential evening.”

Rehearsals for the show are well-underway and are going well, with the students feeling so confident that they are already sharing pictures from the rehearsal rooms on the Muse Theatre Company Facebook page, Muse Macclesfield Coll.

Sarah Bacon, Macclesfield College’s Course Leader Performing and Production Arts adds: “The Barnaby Festival can trace its roots back to the 13th century when Macclesfield was granted its borough charter and, in its current form since 2010, it aims to inspire and encourage creativity.

“That’s exactly the ethos we have for our performing arts students and this production demonstrates how they are learning both the creative skills to develop something original and exciting and the practical skills they need to deliver their concept in a professional and engaging way.

“The students’ efforts have put them side by side on the festival programme with the likes of Will Self and Arthur Smith.  It will be a great experience for them and I cannot wait for opening night on 19th June.”