Playwright Olivia brings acclaimed production to college

Goodstock production

Olivia Wilson (front row, black jumper) with students.

Former Performing Arts student Olivia Hirst enjoyed a triumphant return to the college when her play ‘Goodstock’ was performed at the Electric Theatre.

Olivia wrote ‘Goodstock’, in which she also performs, about her experiences after being diagnosed with the rare cancer-causing genetic mutation BRCA1, which will require a double mastectomy.

The staged production was brought to the Electric Theatre by the Lost Watch Theatre Company, which Olivia formed with a number of university contemporaries.

‘Goodstock’ is mingled with family stories and was originally performed at the Greenwich Theatre and the 2015 Edinburgh Festival, where the play received rave reviews and generated coverage of Olivia’s condition in The Guardian newspaper.

‘Goodstock’ is currently on a national tour but Olivia managed to find time to re-visit the Performing Arts Department where she also conducted a question and answer session with students from the college’s Level 3 Performing Arts course and University Campus Barnsley’s Acting for Touring Theatre foundation degree course.

Olivia said: “I’m really excited to be back here and working with the next generation of performers. The piece we brought to the students is about genetic mutation and is a personal experience of mine that I hope created an interesting question and answer session and in turn gave the students ideas about their own performances.”

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Last updated: 5th January 2017

Originally posted on: 5th January 2017