Student life explored in Elizabeth Godber’s brand new play

Published: Wednesday 30th August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The writer behind the popular play Ruby and the Vinyl, Elizabeth Godber, returns with a new show exploring university life.

After debuting at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Loneliest Girl in the World comes to East Riding Theatre this Friday.

“The play focuses on the aftermath following the disappearance of Fiona, a student, on a night out,” explains writer and director Elizabeth.

Fiona, who is played by local musician Grace Christiansen, leaves her student halls willingly and doesn’t come back.

“Grace composed the music for the show,” Elizabeth adds, “whilst I wrote the lyrics.”

The play, which has been produced by the Hull-based Smashing Mirrors theatre company, has a strong link with the city. There’s no doubt that both Godber and the cast have taken inspiration from their time on the university campus.

“Two of the actors are University of Hull students and I am alumni too. I think the cast have really connected to the themes in the play, such as student life, issues at university, mental health and the nature of society.”

The Loneliest Girl in the World is actually the final project of Elizabeth’s master’s degree at the University of Leeds: “It’s been a great experience writing and directing from an academic viewpoint. The play itself is not academic, but it will make up part of my final mark.”

The script also deals heavily with the notion of fame and asks a tricky question: Does attending university really get you where you want to be?

“I explore the nature of society when someone goes missing. One of the main themes in the play is fame and how young people deal with that.” she tells us.

We spoke to Elizabeth just a couple of days before she and the cast headed off up to Scotland: “We’re just putting the final bits together before taking the show to the Fringe. Then the East Riding Theatre audiences can get the full experience.”

Godber has already had much success at Fringe 2016 with Ruby and the Vinyl, a play that she wrote with her father, John Godber. Again, this concentrated on two students who met in a vintage shop and sparked up a friendship over their shared love of box sets. Set in Hull, it also had ties to Elizabeth’s home city.

“We can’t wait to bring the new play to Beverley and Howden. We were all born and bred in Hull and East Yorkshire, so we’re all really looking forward to coming home.”

The Loneliest Girl in the World will be performed in the Café Bar of East Riding Theatre on Friday 1 September. Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are £6. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the East Riding Theatre website.

Show trailer by Harry Ingham.

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Published: Wednesday 30th August 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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