A new translation of the Brecht play, ‘Life of Galileo’, is on offer at The Space, D&A College, courtesy of 16 students on the HND acting and performance programme.
While this version of the play has been cut and modernised by English playwright Mark Ravenhill, the production still addresses some universal themes faced by mankind – faith versus science, freedom versus oppression.
While examining how the astronomer faced the Inquisition and was put under house arrest and forced by the church to recant his findings, the play still manages to find humour in its content.
Lecturer Jennie McGregor, who is directing the play, has also encouraged her students’ musical creativity by allowing them to write and perform a soundtrack to the play.
“Brecht offers students endless opportunities to demonstrate their creativity,” said the director.
“His work is often interspersed with music and we have taken the opportunity to create our own soundtrack.
“Each scene also has its own musical prelude, some are gospel, some are rock, some are indie.”
The students are performing the music on a range of instruments including ukuleles, guitars, saxophone, piano and even a cajon or box drum.
Because of the nature of some of the scenes Jennie is advising audiences should be age 14 or above.
‘Life of Galileo’ runs at The Space at Kingsway Campus from Tuesday, March 29, to Thursday, March 31. Curtain up 7.30pm, bar from 7pm. Tickets (£5) from Daniel Ford, email firstname.lastname@example.org.