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UCP News Student Spotlight: English Literature Student Crafts Peterborough College’s Pantomime Triumph

Student Spotlight: English Literature Student Crafts Peterborough College’s Pantomime Triumph

The triple sellout performance was held in Studio 48 at Peterborough College, part of Inspire Education Group.

Kirstie Marfleet, BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing undergraduate and recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship Bursary, took centre stage in the success of Peterborough College's recent production, 'The Adventures of Dick Whittington.' The pantomime, written by Kirstie, experienced an extraordinary triple sellout and was produced alongside Performing Arts lecturers at the College.

Kirstie's exceptional talent and creativity were showcased in the script, which seamlessly blended tradition with a special local twist, providing a unique and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages. The narrative, brought to life by the outstanding Performing Arts students of Peterborough College, unfolded over three sellout performances, each met with applause and standing ovations.

The triple sellout success reflects not only the quality of Kirstie's script but also the dedication and skill of the entire production team, including the tireless efforts of Gemma Mcdowell and Robbie Logue, the Dance and Drama tutors at Peterborough College.

Earlier this year, Kirstie, who studies BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing at UCP, was crowned as the University’s first-ever undergraduate recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Trust Scholarship.

In memory of the late author, screenwriter and academic, Sir Malcolm Bradbury, the Malcolm Bradbury Trust is a registered charity that seeks to advance and promote the literary arts through educational initiatives. Since Malcom’s passing in 2000, the Trust has awarded several scholarships, bursaries and grants, to those with exceptional artistic and literary merit.

Kirstie’s tutor, Kat Beeton, who also holds the title of Peterborough Poet Laureate 2022, articulated why Kirstie is such a worthy recipient of the scholarship, “Kirstie is driven and passionate, always willing to take on new opportunities and rise to the challenge. She has gone from strength to strength during her time at UCP and I am excited to see where this path takes her”. Kirstie herself, shared, “Receiving the scholarship was an incredible honour. It has opened up so many doors for me, allowing me to work with schools and be involved in other exciting projects. It has also enabled me to make strong connections with other successful writers and creatives, which has proven to be invaluable”.

This collaboration between UCP and Peterborough College, both part of Inspire Education Group, continues to be a testament to the enriching educational environment encouraged by both institutions.

Kirstie Marfleet, BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing student, was crowned as the University’s first ever undergraduate recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Trust Scholarship.

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