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“Celebrating the next generation of talent”: Manchester School of Theatre’s Autumn Season opens

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The latest season of Manchester School of Theatre productions opens this week, featuring performances by students studying at Manchester Met.

The Autumn season will cover themes including early radical feminist poetry in Emilia, Tudor-era political intigue in Mary Stuart, and the race to develop the worlds most devastating weapon in Oppenheimer.

Celebrating the next generation of theatrical talent, the performances will take place at the brand new theatre space in Manchester Metropolitan’s Grosvenor East building.

The new season kicks off with Emilia, running 13-15 October. Emilia Bassano wrote radical, feminism and submersive poetry in 1611 which became one of the first published collections written by a woman in England. Winner of the Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment, Morgan Lloyd Malcom has gathered all his Bassano knowledge, and her poetry, to deliver this boisterous, witty, irreverent play.

Mary Stuart will be coming to the stage 3-5 November. This Friedrich Schiller political tragedy gives us passion, jealousy and forbidden love as we see the ins and outs of some of British history’s most crucial days.

Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer by will run 24 – 26 November. As fascism spreads across Europe, Franco marches on Barcelona and two German chemists discover the processes of atomic fission. In Berkeley, California, theoretical physicists recognise the horrendous potential of this new science: a weapon that draws its power from the very building blocks of the universe.

Struggling to cast off his radical past and thrust into a position of power and authority, the charismatic J Robert Oppenheimer races to win the ‘battle of the laboratories’ and create a weapon so devastating that it would bring about an end not just to the Second World War but to all war.

Visit Manchester School of Theatre for tickets and more information.

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