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College students recreate tragic tale of local man

Performing Arts Performance Press Release

Performing Arts students from Wakefield College often deal with high impact productions that are full of drama, romance and tragedy. However their latest piece, Drunk.Punch.Love has an added poignancy and aims to highlight the effects of drunken violence. The College’s HND Theatre and Dance students are recreating the story of local man Phil Snowden who in October 2010, was brutally attacked in a Wakefield nightclub. The unprovoked drunken attack left Phil unable to walk or talk and needing 24 hour specialist care.

Students have collaborated with Phil’s wife, Lisa Snowden to create the physical theatre piece that examines the brutal impact the drunken attack had on their marriage, their lives and their futures. Told from Lisa’s point of view, using interviews and unprecedented access to her diary, the performance looks at the extent of the injuries suffered, devastation at the destruction of their dreams and the wreckage left behind following the senseless act of drunken violence.

Commenting on the piece, College lecturer and scriptwriter, Tina Shuker-Abell said: “This project has offered staff and students at Wakefield College a unique creative experience. It is not often we have the opportunity to work from real life events much less work with the people who have experienced them. We have been humbled by the sheer courage and bravery Lisa has shown in the face of adversity and we are completely grateful for the uncensored access she has given to her story. We have worked with Lisa every step of the way in the creation of the project as we are committed to showing the devastating impact that this event has had on her life. 

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 5 March, 2013

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