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Prunella Scales CBE to train students at the University of Bradford

23 November 11

Prunella Scales CBE, the renowned English actress, is returning to the University of Bradford as one of the University's Honorary Graduates to share her experience with students and emerging artists from the city.

On Friday 25 November students from the University of Bradford and Bradford College, alongside local acting professionals will have the chance to experience a one-to-one workshop session with Prunella. Participants will be invited to perform a Shakespearian monologue of their choosing, and then receive feedback and direction from Prunella and other group members.

In addition, over twenty undergraduate students studying the University’s BA (Hons) English, which in the 2nd year focuses on Shakespeare's work, have been invited to observe the workshop and performances.

The University of Bradford awarded Prunella Scales an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1995 in recognition of her contribution to British Drama and Theatre over the course of her career. 

The workshop will be the most recent in an ongoing Alumni events programme, aimed at bringing together supporters of the University, former and current students and members of the Bradford community to share knowledge and expertise. 

Speaking of her decision to work with Bradford students Prunella Scales CBE said: "I look forward to returning to Bradford and being able to help students and young actors taking their first steps in the profession. It's so important to get advice and encouragement at an early stage, and I'm delighted and proud to have been invited to work in this way with the University of Bradford."

Mark Cleary, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bradford said: "We are very excited that Prunella will come and work with students in this way, and we are always grateful when our Honorary Graduates return to the University to share their knowledge and renew their bonds with the institution. It's an important part of what makes the University a special place to learn."

David Homes, third-year undergraduate student undertaking BA English at the University of Bradford said: "It’s a real privilege to have the chance to work with a trained actor with such a great reputation for comedy and drama work. One of the things that makes a University degree at Bradford worthwhile is opportunities like this, to develop beyond the bounds of your subject curriculum."

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