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Winners of London Student Drama Festival announced

The cast, creatives and crew of Pangea, the winning play by Goldsmiths students The cast, creatives and crew of Pangea, the winning play by Goldsmiths students. Photo: Aimee Forbes
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Drama societies from Goldsmiths and University College London were among the winners of this year’s London Student Drama Festival.

The event marked the first time the finals of the competition had been held in the West End.

Students from King’s College London, Central School of Speech and Drama and SOAS also made their West End debuts as they competed in the LSDF, which is now in its sixth year.

The finals, which took place at the Duchess Theatre on March 22, saw each of the five universities perform a play of around 20 minutes to a panel of industry judges.

Goldsmiths’ Pangea, by Lewis Kirkpatrick, won the best direction award as well as the audience choice award, which was voted for live on the Stagedoor theatre app by members of the audience.

The cast of Pangea
The cast of Pangea

Polly Creed from UCL won the best writing award for The Empty Chair, a play exploring the topic of sexual assault in the entertainment industry.

Bel Parker, who performed in SOAS’s comedy play TBC, and Ema Muller, who performed in The Empty Chair, both won best performance awards.

LSDF director Matthew Turbett said: “I’m very proud to have guided the London Student Drama Festival through the past two years, pushing the possibilities of student theatre further than before and offering both performance and educational opportunities to students across the country.

“The support from Nica Burns, along with a whole host of other professionals, has allowed us to put student theatre in London’s West End and present the bravest, most exciting and most inspiring work from the next generation of artists.”

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