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West Suffolk College students putting on performance of We Will Rock You in Bury St Edmunds



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Drama students from West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds are looking to break free from the shackles of lockdown with a performance of We Will Rock You.

The four night run show, put on by Conservatoire East, will be performed in the college grounds from next Wednesday to Saturday.

The musical, written by Ben Elton, tells the story of a group of bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought and fashion and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same.

Elicia Glass and Sam Cockman said they were both excited to be able to perform again. Picture: West Suffolk College.
Elicia Glass and Sam Cockman said they were both excited to be able to perform again. Picture: West Suffolk College.

Han Colthorpe, head of performing and production arts at Conservatoire East and director of the show, said they were 'thrilled' to have theatre back.

"Our students have waited a long time for this and so have theatre audiences," she said.

"It’s a chance to put our amazing cast through their paces and an opportunity for them to prove themselves in front of an audience who is desperate to see a live production.

Elicia Glass, 17, playing Scaramouche next week. Picture: West Suffolk College.
Elicia Glass, 17, playing Scaramouche next week. Picture: West Suffolk College.

“I can’t wait for the region to see this incredible show. It will be a chance to celebrate the arts.

"I’d also like to thank the college and the council for supporting us.”

Sam Cockman, of Bury St Edmunds, is playing Galileo in the musical.

The 18-year-old has been looking forward to performing on a live stage for over a year.

Sam Cockman, 18, playing Galileo in the show. Picture: West Suffolk College.
Sam Cockman, 18, playing Galileo in the show. Picture: West Suffolk College.

"Performing is our passion," he said.

"This is what we are born to do and we are putting our heart and soul into this so that the audience will not be disappointed."

Elicia Glass, 17, will be playing another central character, Scaramouche.

She said: "I'd describe We Will Rock You as a juke box musical based around one of the most influential bands to have ever lived.

"It's got amazing songs, a brilliant cast and we are buzzing to put this show on."

All performances start at 7.30pm and a matinee show will take place at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Ticket prices start from £13.

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