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Christ Church graduate and academic join together to Ignite theatre

03 July 2012

A Canterbury Christ Church University academic and graduate have joined up to produce a new show where sport and theatre collide.

Ignite is being performed at theatres around the country, including one night at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre on Wednesday 11 July.

The show presents a beautiful, compelling journey of the history of the Olympic Games, capturing the highs and lows of sport at its highest level through dance theatre.

Stephanie Clarke, a graduate of Christ Church’s Performing Arts degree programme, is the creator and choreographer of Ignite. Ethan Lewis Maltby, lecturer for the University’s Music degree programmes, has written the score to accompany Stephanie’s imaginative new show.

Ethan said: “I was commissioned by Stephanie to score her Dance Theatre piece called Ignite. It is an interesting concept of dance and theatre meets sport for this Olympic year.

“Stephanie was in the first group to graduate from the Canterbury Christ Church Performing Arts programme at UCF a few years ago, and she has been working as a performer and creator in the community ever since.

“She has single handedly managed to find all the funding to put this show on, which in the current climate is a triumph in itself. She is an incredible force as the creator, director, choreographer, producer, tour manager and set designer and a very inspirational person to be leading on the show, as well as pulling in the help of local people and companies at a time where original theatre is struggling to stay afloat.”

Ignite will be performed at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury on Wednesday 11 July. For booking information call 01227 787787.

Notes to Editor

  • The production of Ignite is part of Show Scope, a vibrant new organisation in the South East providing professional and sought after Creative Arts, Events and Productions. Show Scope strives to involve, indulge and inspire people and communities bringing Arts to both conventional and unconventional venues and audiences. Clients include: Canterbury Festival, Tonic Creative Business Project, Aim Higher, Stan Won't Dance, Shepway District Council, Thanet District Council, Canterbury City Council, Ramsgate Arts, Rotary Club Folkestone, Herne Bay Festival, Kent School Games, Hugh Christie College, Ashford Visual Arts Festival, South East Dance, and Reward Projects.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

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