The Department of French at King’s College London in collaboration with Paris-Sorbonne’s Department of Italian Studies put on a play, Blessés à Mort on 8 June 2019 in the King’s Anatomy Museum to great critical success.
The play was a collection of monologues by Serena Dandini translated into French from the original Italian. Students were thrilled to work with the French dramaturge Dr Stéphane Miglierina, who came to King’s on various occasions to rehearse with students and shared his knowledge of performance and acting.
Dr Soizick Solman, Director of French in the department, was pivotal in organising this enriching collaboration and plans to continue these joint ventures in the future.
Performing in the language you learn is the most powerful way to incarnate this language. Student participants access intimate knowledge of the text they perform and gain confidence in speaking and being inside another language. However, this is not only about language. Wonderfully students become a group, a group within which solidarity and mutual understanding become paramount: une troupe de théâtre."
– Dr Soizick Solman, Director of French
Esmond Easton-Lamb, a student participant, was delighted to have taken part in the production and emphasised the important transferable skills he acquired during this process.
The whole experience has been fantastic for developing our French language skills and confidence in public speaking. In our rehearsals, it has been amazing to work in depth on the subtle nuances of spoken French, so that we could make these stories come to life, in a dynamic, authentic and meaningful way. The project has also made me think about the important role of theatre, and the arts can play as a catalyst for social change and transformation."
– Esmond Easton-Lamb, Student Participant