By Nick Revell

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree is recognised globally as the gold-standard award in arts disciplines, and, as such, holders of the MFA Acting degree must demonstrate experience and expertise in a range of performance styles, from Shakespeare to contemporary classic, from film to family show. This project, Better Than Death is the result of this year’s New Writing project, an exciting collaboration between our graduating class of MFA Actors, the acclaimed playwright Nick Revell, and director and theatremaker Grainne Byrne.  Commissioned by GSA especially for the MFA Acting class of 2021, this anarchic adaptation of Grimms’ The Musicians of Bremen may raise a few eyebrows, as well as many smiles...

Jaq Bessell

Programme Leader MFA Acting



This production has been rehearsed and performed in Covid-safe conditions and according to Covid-secure regulations.

Suitable for age 14+. Contains adult themes and ribald language. Please be aware that this performance contains flashing images and strobe lighting effects.

This recorded live production features the final year students of the MFA Acting programme in collaboration with students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production and MA Stage & Production Management programmes. Please scroll down for headshots and Spotlight links.

Copyright: Nick Revell


Cast List 

Crown Prince Ludwig of Bremen: Max Hyner

Princess Lorelei: Rós Alexander

Otto von Mecklenburg: Jonty O’Callaghan

Maria von Mecklenburg: Fanny Fay Engström

Duke Karl Von Fugger: Christian Hodge

Donkey: Olivia Joy Braza

Dog: Bethany Irving

Cat: Malak Bellal

Cockerel: Kendra Goehring


Creative Team

Director: Grainne Byrne
Movement Director: Rose Ryan
Costume Facilitator: Vanessa Dean
Vocal Coach: Ben Furey
Movement Captains: Rós Alexander, Bethany Irving
Music Captains: Olivia Joy Braza, Christian Hodge, Jonty O’Callaghan
Cast Costume Assistants: Fanny Fay Engström, Max Hyner 

Programme Leader: Dr Jaq Bessell
Filmed by: Mark Dutton

Technical Team

Head of Technical Theatre: Jo Franklin
Programme Leader: Sheryl-Lynne Valensky
Production Manager: Nathalie Perthuisot
Venue Technician: Charlie Hester
Stage Manager: Ben Lyon
Deputy Stage Manager: Anna Freire Camacho
Assistant Stage Manager: Aoife Brennan
Lighting Programmer/ Operator: Joshua Hawkins-Lewis
LX Crew: Lauren Craig, Abbi Griffiths
Production Sound Engineer: Helen Roberts
Stage Management Crew: Sian Rogers