Quick blog: Arcadia UEA Drama Studio

inNorfolk | Quick blog: Arcadia UEA Drama Studio
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Believe it or not, in spite of studying at the University of East Anglia, I didn’t ever make it to a performance at the Drama Studio, even though I love going to the theatre.

However, when I was tweeted by @UEAArcadians with a trailer of their upcoming performance, I was intrigued. Third year drama students would be enacting an adaptation of Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia on three nights in December. Having studied the Renaissance work as a first year literature student, I was curious to see how it would be interpreted for a modern audience.

I was also slightly wary of whether it would hold my attention; with the show starting at 7pm, it wasn’t due to finish until 10.50, so I was scared I might doze off (sadly, my bedtime is 10pm!). However, with tickets costing just £7 (+£1 parking), it did represent excellent value for money – after all, how often can you go out on a Saturday night for less than a tenner?

I needn’t have worried because I was thoroughly entertained. The performances of all of the cast were very strong and believable. Featuring cross dressing, farce, romance and tragedy it was also funnier I remember than the book being while studying it. It really brought the often complex story to life. I highly recommend checking out their listings.

To find out what else is on at the Drama Studio, visit the UEA Box Office.


Hi, I'm Lucy. I've lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in that time I've grown to love this fine county. From the city of Norwich, to the countryside villages and sweeping coastline, there's so much to explore and hope to share my experiences with you here.

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