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A Guide to LAMDA Grads at Edinburgh Fringe
There are plenty of LAMDA students and grads involved in this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Scroll through the below for details of where to catch some of them in action…
ADELE IS YOUNGER THAN US
Adele is Younger Than Us is returning to the Fringe and promises to be bigger and better than ever! Written by Sally O’Leary (FdA Professional Acting) and Rhiannon Neads (BA (Hons) Professional Acting) with Musical Direction by James Taylor (MA Musical Direction & Vocal Coaching), don’t miss this culmination of years of optimistic frustration wedged into an hour of musical stand-up.
2-27 August (excl. Monday 14) at 9.40pm
AN ACT OF KINDNESS
Two strangers meet at a bus stop. Martin, a successful young professional, leads a wildly different life to Leila, a daydreaming waitress at a greasy spoon. Living amidst the chaos of London, both struggle with what is expected of them as a man, as a woman, and where they fit into society. Don’t miss Helena Westerman (Foundation Diploma) and Rob Hayes (Foundation Diploma) in Westerman’s funny, warm and relatable new play, An Act of Kindness.
C Venues – C Cubed
3-14 & 16-28 August, 4.10pm
BEETHOVEN IN STALINGRAD
Christmas, 1942. The war has twisted boys into men. Twelve true stories explore the existential questions – survival, faith, love – here intertwined with a live deconstruction of music by Beethoven. Scottish violinist Ian Peaston unravels and remixes the Appassionata in electronic strands that mirror the narratives of real soldiers' letters from Stalingrad, performed by Jesper Arin (MA Classical Acting) in their sell-out show Beethoven in Stalingrad.
Greenside at Nicholson Square
4-12 & 14-19 August, times vary.
BETWEEN THE CROSSES
A WWI veteran and the last surviving Durham Light Infantryman, speaks to his great nephew from beyond the grave in a recorded interview. His account of Ypres and the Somme is honest, shocking and direct. He held his tongue in life for national security and to spare his family the horror. But all he wanted was to work with horses. Between The Crosses is a new play, written, produced and performed by Will Huggins (BA (Hons) Professional Acting) and directed and produced by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams (BA (Hons) Professional Acting) explores the guilt of the survivor and society’s need to create a hero.
Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall
11-16 August, 3.30pm
BY ALL ACCOUNTS TWO NORMAL GIRLS*
From the same team that brought you Adele is Younger Than Us, Stiff & Kitsch (better known as Sally O’Leary and Rhiannon Neads) bring their brand-new second show to Edinburgh, By All Accounts Two Normal Girls*. Having dreamed of lights, fame and glory, the girls soon realised that, with nothing but a P45, all the time in the world and 750 leftover ‘Adele’ posters, they would have to write their next hit. Prepare to be underwhelmed.
C Royal Studio 1
13-28 August at 4.40pm
CATHERINE AND ANITA
All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of destruction and revenge. Holly Ellis (FdA Stage Management & Technical Theatre) is the lighting designer for Catherine and Anita, a comedy about heartbreak, illness and ultimately how those in need so often slip through life’s cracks.
3-14, 16-21 & 23-26 August, 9.05pm
Don’t miss Good Girl, a frank, funny debut storytelling from Naomi Sheldon (FdA Professional Acting), in association with Old Red Lion Theatre and Bruised Sky Productions. A bold, provocative look at the darker side of being a good girl, GG's girlhood is unfolding as an inquisitive game, but a mysterious tingling sensation heralds her sexual awakening. Welcome to the 90s, where the only sex education is Madonna.
Just the Tonic at The Mash House
3-13 & 15-27 August, 1pm
Megan Shandley (BA (Hons) Professional Acting) and Wis Jantarasorn (Scottish Comedian of the Year semi-finalist 2016) are two Scottish stand-up comics keen to stick to their Edinburgh roots. Haver sees both comics present a home grown hour; could this be two Scotch roasters on the cusp of greatness?
Just the Tonic at The Caves
3-13, 15-22 & 24-27 August, 12:20am
HELEN DUFF: WHEN THE GOING GETS DUFF
Helen Duff (FdA Professional Acting) returns with a 'bold, subversive and very funny' (Scotsman) show about life as a fully exposed idiot. Don’t miss When The Going Gets Duff – the only show where doughnuts may be shared in an effort to illustrate why basic demand and supply economics need a tantric overhaul…
2-13 & 15-27 August, 7.35pm
LUCY PEARMAN: MAID OF CABBAGE
'Traditionally, unmarried maids were sent into the vegetable garden to choose the perfect cabbage' (Anon).
Trapped in a dysfunctional household, will an Edwardian(ish) maid’s devilish streak ruin everything or will the cabbage save her? Join Lucy Pearman (FdA Professional Acting) as she presents her debut solo show, Maid of Cabbage, full of bonkers storytelling with a heart and an elusive cabbage.
Heroes @ Monkey Barrel
3-13 & 16-27 August, 12.30pm
MURIEL: BAD MASTER
Muriel, who comprise of grads Sally O’Leary, Megan Salter (FdA Professional Acting) and Janine Harouni (FdA Professional Acting), are multi award-winning actresses and comedy performers. Don’t miss the winners of Sketch Off! 2017 competition and the creators of viral video The Great British Political Bake Off as they brings you their debut multimedia comedy show Bad Master, fusing innovative characters, satire and pop culture parody.
3-13 & 15-27 August, 1.20pm
NOT ABOUT HEROES
Stephen Macdonald's Fringe First-winning play Not About Heroes tells the story of the unique friendship between celebrated WWI poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon who met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This production, produced by Will Huggins and Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, and also stars Llewelyn-Williams, commemorates not only the centenary of both Owen and Sassoon meeting, but also the Armistice.
2-8, 10-15, 17-22 & 24-28 August, 12pm
Three couples come together to celebrate some exciting news: Natasha is going to live to 82. However, all is not as it seems… As the evening unfolds, relationships are pushed to breaking point. Open Road, featuring Gilbert Kyem Jnr. (incoming FdA Professional Acting student), is a fast-paced and hard-hitting drama, exploring how life might differ if we knew our own expiration date.
C Venues – C Royale (Venue 6)
2-14 & 16-28 August, 1.45pm
PROM KWEEN – THE MUSICAL
Prom Kween is a coming of age satire for those who hit that age years ago, written by Rebecca Humphries (BA (Hons) Professional Acting). This musical is for any kid who took their glasses off and still didn't look pretty. Any kid who questioned what it meant to be beautiful. Think Grease meets Drag Race meets a Trump rally with sequins. Lots of sequins.
3-13 & 15-27 August, 8.35pm
THE TOXIC AVENGER
Ché Francis (FdA Professional Acting) joins the cast of The Toxic Avenger in Edinburgh before transferring to London for a run at the Arts Theatre. From the Tony Award-winning writers of Memphis comes the story of Toxie, a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match – out to save New Jersey, end global warming, win the heart of his beloved and get home in time for dinner.
2-13 & 15-28 August, 10.30pm
THIS IS NOT CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT
Following a highly successful run at VAULT Festival, where it was awarded ‘Show of the Week’, writer and performer Adam Scott-Rowley (BA (Hons) Professional Acting) & Out of Spite Theatre return to the Edinburgh Fringe with sell-out, culturally acclaimed This Is Not Culturally Significant - now performed entirely in the nude! This thunderous, high energy piece of theatre is a brutally intense, darkly comic one-man show that reveals the bizarre, compulsive and eccentric nature of humanity and combines dark clowning and deeply grotesque bouffon to create a sharp political comment on contemporary society.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum
4-8, 11-13, 17-20, 24-26 August at 11.45pm
Sometimes in life you just need a little push in the right direction… sometimes that push can take you to another dimension you couldn’t in your wildest dreams imagine. Don’t miss writer/performer Alex Critoph (BA (Hons) Professional Acting) in Vines, a production that makes you look at how to become the person you want to be.
C Venues – C Royale (Venue 6)
2-14 & 16-28 August, 8.15pm
Are you a LAMDA student or grad taking part in Edinburgh Fringe? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Let us know what projects and productions you’re involved in and where we can find you! Drop us a line at email@example.com or tweet us the details @LAMDAdrama.
Published Thursday 20 July. Updated Wednesday 2 August.