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RWCMD@ Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Once again RWCMD students past and present were making the most of the legendary Edinburgh Fringe, working both back and frontstage at the world’s largest arts festival.

Stage Management and Arts Management students were back running Venue 13, now in its 23rd year, welcoming over 1,500 audience members over its hectic three week residency.

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The 141 performances ranged from plays, a musical, dance, circus, to a multi media performance and spoken word, working with 61 performers from over seven countries including Canada, Belgium and Australia.

Shows included Shreds – the Jack the Ripper Musical, written by College grad Lesley Ross and James Williams, with Musical Theatre grad Andrew Machin taking a lead role and recent graduate Sioned Evans as accompanist.

Venue 13 also showcased current acting student Benjamin McCann’s solo drama Grit. This began life as his second year End of Year Assessment, which he then reworked to create his Edinburgh performance.

Ben’s post-apocalyptic show, which gained critical acclaim during its Fringe run, depicted the life of a former supermarket manager plunged into an unimaginable scenario of solitude and survival.

Graduate Sophie Melville made a triumphant return to the festival, repeating her Stage Edinburgh Award win from 2015 for the hugely acclaimed Iphigenia in Splott. This year she won it, ‘recognising an outstanding performance at the Fringe,’ for her role in Charlotte Josephine’s play Pops, along with her co-star Nigel Barrett.

As well as producing fellow acting graduate Remy Beasley’s one woman show, Do Our Best, Francesca Moody brought two other plays to the Fringe: Square Go, and Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer, which also won a Fringe First, adding to Francesca’s long list of Fringe First awards, which started with her breakthrough production, Fleabag.

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