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Thursday 26 March 2015

City College Students Collaborate To Tell True Tale Of How Brighton Dome Complex Became A Wartime Hospital

Nutkhut, the leading outdoor performance company which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is joining forces with City College Brighton and Hove's Acting & Dance department to stage a new production, Dr. Blighty, in the 2016 Brighton Festival. 
Ajay Chhabra With Acting Students

The collaboration will provide students with the opportunity to be an integral part of a high profile professional production from preparation and rehearsals right through to final performances. 

Dr. Blighty is inspired by the true story of how, during World War I, Brighton's Royal Pavilion, Corn Exchange and Dome were converted into a hospital for Muslim, Hindu and Sikh soldiers from the Empire, who had been wounded while serving on the Western Front.
Actor, director and producer Ajay Chhabra, the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Nutkhut whose credits include Bend it Like Beckham, The Archers and Holby City, recently visited City College to meet students and provide details of the production. 

Ajay said: "The students were immediately engaged with the project and with the work of the company. 

"I was impressed by the enthusiasm the students and lecturers have for site specific work. 

"I am delighted to be working with City College s Acting and Dance department, in bringing to life an often forgotten history of Brighton's connection with World War 1 and its connection with soldiers of the Empire."

Ajay has also directed and performed for 'Diesel' Clothing Company in Italy, Greece, Holland, Germany and Denmark, bringing together fashion and theatre in creating a theatrical presentation of Spring/Summer collections with catwalk models, classical dancers and actors.
Acting & Dancing Tutor Siou Hannam added::

"Working with Nutkut will give the students an opportunity to work alongside a leading force in outdoor theatre, see how a show is developed and participate in a professional piece of immersive theatre with high production values."
For more information on Acting & Dance courses at City College, call 01273 667759, email or talk to the advice team in City College's Student Centre on Pelham Street.

by: Mike Cobley


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