College students take on Willy Russell play

Some of the college's 'Hens' prepare for their forthcoming production
Some of the college's 'Hens' prepare for their forthcoming production

Performing arts students at Rugby College are getting ready to stage Willy Russell’s play Stags and Hens this month .

The play is the second year students’ final project in which they are responsible for choosing the material as well as casting, directing and all of the production elements. They have been rehearsing since the end of March and have had to ensure that as a group they have organised the entire project from the rehearsal schedule to the final performance in June.

The play is set in the toilets of an ‘80s Liverpool nightclub, and the story follows a stag and hen group from the same wedding party, who subsequently end up in the same club with an unconscious groom and a bride with cold feet.

This leads to a selection of hilarious scenes while the two groups try to encourage the other to leave before the bride and groom catch sight of each other. Meanwhile the bride runs into an old flame who reminds her of the life she could have led.

Student director Georgina Barber, 17 from Rugby, said: “This project has been a huge challenge but as a group we have pulled together to produce a performance that we created ourselves. I am really proud of what we have achieved not only for this our final show but in the two years of the course.”

The show runs from Wednesday June 17 to Friday June 19 at 7pm in the Rugby College theatre. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £ for concessions and are available to book online at or on the door. Please note that the show contains strong language and isn’t suitable for children under 13.

The students performing the play are in the second year of their two year performing arts course at Rugby College. The course focuses on all aspects of performing arts including dance, drama and musical theatre. For information on this course, visit or call 0300 456 0049.