Double bill from students

Dundee College students David Guthrie, Tanya Ruel and Holly Burgess Smith in a scene from Hands That Do Dishes.
Dundee College students David Guthrie, Tanya Ruel and Holly Burgess Smith in a scene from Hands That Do Dishes.

ACTING and performance students at Dundee College are presenting a double bill of two short plays with Performance Engineering at The Space.

Both the pieces have been created by the students themselves and both explore topics of a dark and sometimes harrowing nature.

A total of 30 HNC acting and performance students split into two groups to devise the pieces.

The Hotel, directed by lecturer Jonathan McGrath, involves a tiny colony of humankind who have opted to live in the dark – literally, as they are the last 20 people who inhabit the dark side of the Earth after the world has stopped spinning – everyone else having moved to the sunny side of the planet.

The community contemplate the return of the light in an abandoned hotel, lit by the only working generator in their hemisphere, when their sojourn is disturbed by a visitor.

Hands That Do Dishes, is set in the dystopian world of Siliconia – a place where dreams of perfection and nightmares clash.

Directed by lecturer John Mitchell, Hands That Do Dishes explores issues of genetic engineering, control, freedom of speech, lies, propaganda, media-manipulation and transhumanism.

Performance Engineering runs on Thursday and Friday, January 27 and 28, curtain at 7.30pm and bar from 7pm.

Tickets (£6 and £4 conc.) from The Space Box Office, Dundee (01382) 834934.