STUDENTS from Arts University Bournemouth will take to the stage this month for their latest production, Nine ‘till Six.
Starring an all-woman cast, the play is set in the 1930s in an upmarket dress and hat department in the fashionable shopping area of Regent Street, London.
Combining the skills of graduating students from acting, costume and performance design, and make up for media and performance, the play “carefully integrates women from all classes, while questioning the relationships between class, gender, work, power and the economy in a woman’s world of work”.
Written by Aimee Stuart, her work consistently focused on the female experience in a rapidly changing social and economic climate, post The Great War.
From 1926 to 1940, Stuart had twelve plays produced in the West End of London. In 1932 Nine ‘till Six was made into a film, directed by Basil Dean, the first talking picture produced at the Ealing Studios.
Director Kenneth Robertson said: “The play is set in post WW1 when many young women could only find work in poorly paid clerical posts or in the clothing or fashion trade. This is a great opportunity for our students to explore characters from the period, where social divides and social class were beginning to change and woman started to react against their status in the work place.”
The production runs from April 27 to 29. To book call 01202 203630.