Date published: March 17, 2017

Media and Performance student Saoirse stars in major play at the Royal Exchange

Media and Performance student Saoirse Wadding-Hayes is currently appearing in The Suppliant Women, a major production at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.

The 2,500 year old play by Aeschylus tells the story of fifty women who leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Greece. The modern makeover, which Saoirse features in, has been receiving rave reviews.

Saoirse plays a part in the young women’s chorus where she speaks, sings, and dances in unison. Her role came about from an email circulated to students from her School, notifying them about an open casting taking place at the renowned city-centre theatre. 

“It's very physically and vocally demanding but I feel so lucky to be a part of this show,” said Saoirse. “Given the themes of refugees and women's rights, the show is utterly relevant to us today, despite being 2,500 years old. It's very powerful, to stand on stage in such a large group of women, and shout ‘We won't kneel to any men’. It's also hugely exciting to get to perform in such a beautiful theatre, and get to work with leading industry professionals.”

Frances Piper, Director of Performance & Film Studies, said: “It’s fantastic to see one of our students in this ground-breaking version of the play. This is a great opportunity for Saoirse as she’ll get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work on a big theatre production with industry experts.”

The play runs until 01 April and tickets can be found here.

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