A new play previewed this week in the Ellesmere College Arts Centre. ‘Tension Square’ has been written by Sue Fowkes, a former Ellesmere College Housemother, and produced by Chameleon Productions. With the support of the Drama Department, some students acted in the play and others supported as technical crew. The play’s Preview evenings were Friday, 26th and Saturday 27th June.
After working at Ellesmere College, Sue Fowkes went on to study for a Masters in Creative Writing. This is the first play that she has written and it will be going on to the Edinburgh Fringe later in the summer. Sue commented that she was delighted to return to Ellesmere College for the preview production and have the involvement of students, both past and present.
Although there was no charge for the Preview performance, the audience’s donations were shared between two national charities, Cardiac Risk in the Young and Relate.
The Synopsis of the Play: Life and death, unlike knitting, doesn’t come with instructions! Hospital patient Marigold is intrigued by her new roomie. Is he the victim of a nightclub brawl or are his injuries more sinister? Whatever the case, she has her own soul-searching decisions to make. With charm, humour (and some fab knitting), this thought-provoking new play explores issues of relationships, domestic abuse and terminal illness hidden by young people. If you are going up to the Edinburgh Festival this summer, why not go and see it?