A brave cat on a mission to rescue a little girl kidnapped by faeries. Zombies, werewolves and vampires on the loose. A Scottish musical set in 90s Glasgow…Bridge Week is back with more dynamic and diverse performances developed and presented by students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The festival, which runs until Friday, February 10, is an interdisciplinary, cross-conservatoire performance event where students are given free rein of resources and facilities to stage original and creative work. This year, Bridge Week spans the humorous to the hard-hitting with parody, plays, musicals and comic opera as well as music and dance.
“Bridge Week is an excellent opportunity for students to try out some of the skills they have learned at RCS, to create work outside of the curriculum and to explore subjects that really matter to them,” says Katy Meehan, a second year student on the BA Production Arts and Design programme who is staging Catkin, a short play based on a children’s illustrated book of the same name.
“I assisted on a Bridge Week show last year so I knew I wanted to create my own show for this year. I’m a set and costume design student and Bridge Week has given me the opportunity to experiment with storytelling with puppetry.”
The Bridge Week performance programme includes Goodbye Colour, a scratch show/sharing that blends music, opera and British Sign Language and performance and asks the question ‘how does it feel to live in modern day Britain as a person of colour?’.
Not for Sale focuses on human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of young women with real life stories, piano, song, dance, acting and poetry. Mental illness is addressed in A Tickle in My Mind while 11 Years is a musical set after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York.
There’s also Japanese contemporary dance in Fragments: a Butoh Exploration of the World Around Us, the Composers’ Orchestral Workshop has music from RCS’s compositional talent, played by a symphony orchestra of students and In Tune with the Infinite has piano improvisation, Tibetan singing bowls, solfeggio tuning forks, soprano and harp.