Fusion is one of those rare creations, an originally penned, completely student led production, and all in the name of charity. As the president Tess points out, no one involved in the show is doing it for credit; ‘it is all off their own backs and they do it because they love it.’ They’ve been working on this year’s performance since last summer and it has slowly grown from the seed of an idea into a fully-fledged show.
This year’s Fusion theme is film and Creative Director Alfie Allin describes how they performance will cover a ‘diversity of fields’. Starting at early black and white silent movies, the show will cover the history of film, from the advent of colour and sound right up to the present day blockbusters. There will be models strutting their stuff à la Monroe and troupes of dancers reminding us why we love Pulp Fiction. We can expect many an ‘I know that film’ moment and some more subtle references for the film buffs in the crowd.
Not only will it be the models and dancers bringing cinema to life for us, but the team behind Fusion have worked tirelessly to make sure that every aspect of the show is outstanding. For one thing the costumes in the performance promise to be spectacular. With early mime outfits courtesy of Made to Bee, and a great deal of denim from Label S Vintage to give the Western scenes an authentic feel. The highlight however will definitely be the presence of clothes from Brooks Brothers, whose recent credits include Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby.
As well as the visuals, the performance would clearly not be the same without great music, and in keeping with the theme of this year’s production there will be many recognizable moments as iconic film tracks are mixed with an innovative range of music. Tom Biddle has mixed and compiled the music for the show, producing a lot of the tracks himself.
It has been a huge project as the vast range of the show means that he has to cover nearly every genre imaginable. Speaking to Omar Peracha, one of the stars of the show, he claims that; ‘what I’ve heard so far sounds great, but you need to see the whole show to get the full effect of how it all fits together.’
Everyone involved in the show has worked tirelessly to make sure that his year’s Fusion is one to remember, and with all the proceeds going to charity, what’s not to like? Tess assures us that there is ‘something for everyone’, and as Alfie points out to me, ‘everyone has a favourite film’. Why not come and see what they’ve made of yours?
Fusion is on Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 6:30 this weekend in Central Hall . Tickets are £6 for students and £8 for non-students.
Check out the promo video here