Creative Writing graduate Ryan Leder’s production Numbered Days was shown at the Core at Corby Cube last month, and the Student Opportunity Fund (SOF) made this possible.

As the play required a lot of time and dedication, the SOF covered travel costs and living expenses for the cast and crew – without this financial support some members would have been unable to participate.

Numbered Days is Theatre in Black’s first ever production, and was written and directed by Ryan, the group’s founder.

Taking a stark look at love in the digital age, Numbered Days follows Rebecca, played by Georgie Cunningham, and Charlotte, who is played by Edge Hill graduate Joy Carleton. They are two university students who have fallen in love after meeting online, but with over five-thousand miles between them, they begin to question whether a future together is even possible.

“Being able to stage Numbered Days debut in Northamptonshire, more specifically The Core at Corby Cube, was very special for me,” said Ryan. “While I initially started in theatre by joining local amateur theatre groups and summer programmes, it was at The Core where I really started to become a theatre maker, moving away from acting and more towards writing and production. The support offered by staff, as well as the opportunities offered by the theatre, gave me a space to experiment and develop my skills since I was fifteen.

“With my graduation during the same week as Numbered Days debut, I essentially went from a student to a graduate to a theatre maker in the space of one week. While getting this opportunity so soon after graduating was hugely exciting, it was also extremely daunting. The rehearsal process was certainly filled with plenty of trial and error, but with the show receiving such a positive response from its first performance, I now feel that I have the confidence to take Numbered Days further and onto new endeavours, as well as continuing to build Theatre In Black’s reputation and catalogue of work.”

Reviewing the show, On Stage Northants said: ‘The play is witty and didn’t shy away from any aspect of relationships – sex, family, jealousy and insecurity were all faced head on, with Leder’s beautifully penned dialogue never making the subjects seem forced or unnatural…This was an outstanding debut piece, and I look forward to seeing what Ryan Leder will produce next.’

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Find out more about the Student Opportunity Fund here.