Sidcot School students perform to sold-out audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 August 2017

Hurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot School

Hurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot School

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Pupils from a North Somerset school put on an ‘outstanding’ performance at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Hurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot SchoolHurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot School

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.

Hurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot SchoolHurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot School

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.

Hurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot SchoolHurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot School

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’.

Hurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot SchoolHurly Burly from Sidcot School perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Picture: Sidcot School

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.”

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