Season 1 – September 2020
Here at Godalming College, ClassAction works to ensure all our training practitioners; actors, dancers, singers and technicians work within a realistic industry model, which allows them to experience, be active, to explore and achieve at the highest level. We provide the very best learning experience possible, inside a mutually respectful and inclusive environment that recognises their creativity, their ambitions and their talent. Our ethos begins right from the start, as over 70 first year drama practitioners filled every found space in Godalming College’s Performing Arts Centre to present the inaugural production of the 2020-2021 season; Lungs by Duncan Macmillan.
Our first year practitioners appeared on stage at a distance with some second year practitioners to present this first production – the departments first physically distanced and COVID secure livestreamed production.
“Lungs” was a reimagining of the play by Duncan Macmillan. The original production debuted in 2011 at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather, and political unrest, a young couple wants to have a child but are running out of time. If they over think it, they'll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster.
The production explored an off-kilter love story that is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It is harrowing and blisteringly funny, bleak and redemptive, combining hyper-real dialogue with a quirky form that expands and contracts time before our eyes, creating the almost physical sensation of being hurtled towards an uncertain future. The pieces furious pace lives up to its title, leaving the audience feeling the need to pause for breath in a world that does not allow it.
This production was a socially and contextually relevant watch, and a thrilling start to our Season 1 working towards our vision of inspiring and encouraging our young practitioners to take responsibility for their own learning and social interaction and to develop a moral, ethical, political and cultural understanding of the world and the ever-changing times in which we live.
“This is classic ClassAction; we want to celebrate the creative power of collaboration and debate, discussing our world today. We want to encourage the next generation of practitioners. We want new thinking, we want to push boundaries and above all we want to take risks – this has always been our ethos and we work within that framework right from the off ….” Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama