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College Play Success

The Cradle of Liberty, was performed by the Drama Department this week, with one performance on Tuesday 29th January and two performances on Wednesday 30th January.

The play was written by Adam Taylor, a professional playwright, specially for the students at Strode’s to perform and is the product of several workshops which have taken place in the Drama Department since August 2012. 

The Cradle of Liberty is set in a 'Centre for Islamic Medicine’ (or prison hospital) in Chechnya, which borders Russia, responding to the heavily publicised story of the Pussy Riot imprisonment and the much less reported plight of the many Stolen Brides in Chechnya.


A £1 donaton from each ticket sold was given to Amnesty Internations, with the department raising £115.

Director Beckie Mills said, 'we produced an ambitious piece this year based on two thorny political subjects. I was delighted with the impact of The Cradle of Liberty, and pleased that so many staff and students supported the production.'

Head of Faculty, Amanda Down said, ‘it was brilliantly performed and completely gripping from beginning to end!’

The Cast 

Hospital Orderlies/Guards:
Purple: Danielle O’Shea (1st year student)
Red: Lizzie Turner (1st year student) 
Orange: Maisie Khan (1st year student)

Gadyrov - Administrator, Centre for Islamic Medicine in Chechnya:
Ryan Hurst (Staff)

Umar - A Russian working class road worker:
Maz Gul (2nd year student) 

Imran - An employee, a centre for Islamic Medicine in Chechnya):
Karim Bhaluani (2nd year student)

Medni - A young Soviet housewife, married to Umar:
Georgia Walter (1st year student)

Kate - A British aid worker:
Siana Williams (2nd year student)

Natalya - Chechen aid worker:
Dominique Neville (Staff)


Production Team: 

Adam Youngs – Lighting 

Tristan Pegg – Camera (2nd year student) 

Daniel Brooks (2nd year student) and Chris Ryde (2nd year student) - Music

Dominique Neville and Ryan Hurst - Fights & Choreography

Beckie Mills – Director


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