Sidcot School students perform to sold-out audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 August 2017
Pupils from a North Somerset school put on an ‘outstanding’ performance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Students from Sidcot School, in Winscombe, returned to the Fringe for a third season.
The Winscombe school’s production company, Hurly Burly, re-imaged its 2013 four-star hit Death By Shakespeare at the festival and premiered a new children’s show, Stone.
Death By Shakespeare is a gory amalgamation of the Bard’s finest death scenes and takes a fresh look at the playwright’s work.
The piece offered audiences an opportunity to decide who should be spared from death: Tybalt, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Pyramus or Romeo and Juliet.
Stone offered something different, combining storytelling with original music and movement.
It follows the owners of a construction company who are challenged and defeated by the creatures whose homes they have destroyed.
The group, which is made up of current students and recent alumni, performed each show every day for a week.
Between performances, the students took their shows to crowds on the Royal Mile to promote their upcoming stage appearances.
A school spokesman said the productions were an ‘outstanding success’.
They added: “They were often playing to sold-out audiences, which is no mean feat when considering the competition from other shows at the festival.”
The school’s director of drama, Charlotte Resuggan, said: “We have had a great run at the Fringe.
“It is fantastic to see our students blossoming into not just talented performers but developing skills in marketing, promoting, collaborating and a plethora of other transferable skills.
“Our students are truly embodying the school motto ‘live adventurously’ – they are already asking what we are bringing up next year.”