It’s the month of August, which for RWCMD’s stage managers means only one thing – Venue 13 is in full swing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe! The temporary venue is run by Stage Management and Arts Management students, and this year is home to a total of 10 shows and over 100 performances across the month of August.
It’s also a big year for Venue 13, marking 20 years since RWCMD started running the venue. It’s been an incredible time, with hundreds of shows, audience members and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama students passing through since its first days way back in 1996.
Venue 13 have been celebrating this milestone year in the best way they know how – with a busy month of fantastic theatre from around the world, a new cohort of stage managers from RWCMD and a whole host of wonderful new and returning theatre companies.
There’s been electro-acoustic opera, bilingual family theatre, hip-hop reworkings of Ibsen, interactive Shakespeare, ghost stories, questions about God, questions from two halves of the brain, a love story with live painting, a story of love and war, and an unwelcome visitor during the Blitz.
Venue 13 is an incredible opportunity for the students who run the venue. Stage Management and Technical Theatre student Jack Stanfield says about his time at the Festival:-
“Through Venue 13 I’ve met a variety of amazing people from all over the world, and created great contacts for the future as well as great new friends who I will hopefully be able to work with for future projects. Useful tip – bring a raincoat and wellies!”