Ac­tors to cut it at the Fringe

Drama stu­dents rais­ing funds in a bid to per­form at Ed­in­burgh

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

YOUNG ac­tors are rais­ing funds so that they can per­form at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe.

Drama stu­dents from Amer­sham School, Stan­ley Hill, will per­form at the es­teemed event in Au­gust in a play called Se­crets Of Us.

The play cov­ers the is­sues of body im­age, bul­ly­ing, teenage preg­nancy and on­line groom­ing.

Play­wright Jess Wal­ters, who is work­ing with the young ac­tors, said: “I wrote the play specif­i­cally for them – work-shop­ping their ideas and in­cor­po­rat­ing mul­ti­me­dia. The play in­ves­ti­gates the com­plex­i­ties of ado­les­cence and com­ing of age in a dig­i­tal world, par­tic­u­larly the dan­gers of groom­ing.”

As well as re­hears­ing twice a week, the stu­dents are work­ing hard to raise the £14,200 it will cost to stage their play at the pres­ti­gious event. This in­cludes venue hire, tech­ni­cal equip­ment and ad­ver­tis­ing costs, along with coach travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion for the week.

They have al­ready raised more than £4,000 through jumble sales, cake sales, bingo nights, Amer­sham Round Ta­ble’s Santa Sleigh col­lec­tion at Christ­mas and a re­cent spon­sored 12-hour re­hearsal.

Now they are hop­ing to find some back­ers in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Drama teacher Sam Mitchell said: “The suc­cess of Ed­in­burgh 2013 and the pas­sion it in­spired led to Jess and I col­lab­o­rat­ing over the last two years.

“We wanted to be able to of­fer this ex­pe­ri­ence again to a new group of young determined up and com­ing ac­tors, tech­ni­cians, film mak­ers di­rec­tors.

“Th­ese tal­ented young peo­ple are all go­ing above and be­yond to make Se­crets Of Us a bril­liant and en­gag­ing pro­duc­tion.

“How­ever, an un­der­tak­ing such as this has large fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions and this is where I hope peo­ple will be able to help in some way, as ev­ery lit­tle bit will help make this hap­pen.”

In­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion will re­ceive free tick­ets to the show and a credit in the pro­gramme and any press cov­er­age and pub­lic­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Sam Mitchell at the Amer­sham School on 01494 726 562 or 07828 318 416, email sam@thewell­st­eds.co. uk or you can do­nate at http://www.go­fundme.com/ sa2j8xc.

For a taste of Se­crets Of Us, see www.youtube.com/ chan­nel/UCpTKD5IBY jPS82Bjnixs0aQ/videos.

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