Dr Laurie Ede wins an Unusual Prize at the National Theatre

University of Portsmouth CCI Course Leader, Dr Laurie Ede, has won an Immersive dining experience at the National Theatre.

The National Theatre is inviting audiences to dine onstage, during the new production of Network, featuring Bryan Cranston, as Howard Beale, the desperate TV news anchor.

Network is an iconic 1976 film by Paddy Chayevsky, which for the first time ever, is being brought to the stage by Lee Hall, and director Ivo Van Hove.

The National Theatre says:

“Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn’t puling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seize on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV.

Network Depicts a dystopian media landscape where opinion trumps fact.”

Media Studies Course Leader, Dr Laurie Ede, was lucky enough to win tickets to the production, and in January will be part of the onstage restaurant Foodwork, dining on a three course meal as the production of Network goes on around him.

As a fan of the Paddy Chayefsky film, and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, Laurie says, “For once in my life, I feel like a proper fan”.

Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.