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.
Look Out Edinburgh! Team Venue13 are coming!!! #roadtoedinburgh
Not long now! We kick off with our first 8 shows on Saturday! Make sure you pop down the Mile and see whats going on at #Venue13
There is something for everyone! #Edfringe
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— Venue 13 (@venue13) August 1, 2019
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.
— Cat of CatsAndKilts (@CatsandKilts) August 16, 2019
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.
See what audiences are saying about Grit! And we didn’t even have to bribe anyone to write them for us!
— GRIT (@GRIT_play) August 11, 2019
— Jafar Iqbal (@_JafarIqbal_) August 18, 2019
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.
— Jake Orr Productions (@JakeOrrProd) August 23, 2019
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.
2019 was my 14th @edfringe. 8th producing. 2nd as Francesca Moody Productions. 3 Plays 🎭 26 incredible humans who made them a reality 🎪 4 co-producers who we couldn’t have done it without 👑 9281 audience members who dared to watch a show 👫 1 Fringe First to top it all off 🥇
— Francesca Moody Productions (@ChescMood) August 26, 2019
Massive thanks to our awesome crew at @venue13 for making our week at #edfringe so great. The team have been so helpful, accommodating and professional all week and it felt great to sell out tonight for us and their hard work! #Adrift #Venue13 #pals #crew pic.twitter.com/8iq5MvUEpi
— ClockTowerTheatreCo. (@clocktower_tc) August 17, 2019