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As with the rest of society, the academic world has had a pretty rough time of late. The Class of 2020 will have much to remember this year for, but many are determined to put their newfound knowledge and skills into practice, no matter the situation. We’ve seen a series of successful and engaging virtual final shows from art students over the last couple of months, and now Northumbria University’s Theatre and Performance Arts MA students are getting in on the act, staging a new online festival called On The Line, taking place from Wednesday 23rd-Friday 25th September.

Taking the form of a bite-sized programme of contemporary theatre, performance art, multisensory installations, audio experiments and talks, taking their final projects online will enable a wider audience to access the work, and with a diverse range of themes and provocations, it’ll be an essential look into the new generation of theatre makers.

Highlights include Rebecca Johnston’s spoken word piece Their Words Not Mine, which explores the Black Lives Matter movement and its relation to LGBTQ+ culture and white privilege; Daniel Dryden’s film Centre Stage is a cabaret-style love letter to amateur musical theatre; John Scott’s film Towers uses multiple characters, text and images to examine social justice; Isabell Dawson’s audio experience delves into prison life, while Kyla Dean’s short film showcases a collection of stories exploring the lies we tell, hide and hear.

A series of live panels and talks will discuss the theatre making process throughout the festival, providing additional valuable insight.

On The Line festival takes place from Wednesday 23rd-Friday 25th September via their website

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