South Bank sets standard for arts

Tuesday 14 July 2015

An important play giving insights and raising questions into the controversial Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire has been unveiled in a special showing at the South Bank Arts Centre.

With the approval of Principal and CEO Ian Pryce, The Scar Test by Hannah Khalil looked behind the scenes at Yarl’s Wood and its treatment of detainees.

The “first draft” was unveiled at the South Bank Arts Centre and was reviewed by Bedfordshire on Sunday Editor Sarah Cox, whose newspaper has been campaigning for increase openness around the facility which has received national attention.

Said Ian Pryce CBE: “I am really pleased to see how our College has embraced the notion of partnership in line with our strategic aims. We are bringing in new plays to our South Banks Arts Centre and we are hosting workshops for the Bedford Film Festival. These are just two examples of how we make a good partner.”

In terms of performing arts, Bedford College sets the standards on both stage and screen. Staff and students acted as the back-lot team for the filming of Waylands Song by Richard Jobson, who went on to co-found the Bedford Film Festival which continues this year. A special production The Somnanbulists will be staged in Bedford this summer

Bedford Film Festival workshops will be staged at Bedford College in the autumn term

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