School ac­tors dazzle at Ed­in­burgh fes­ti­val

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Winning Visit -

A talented group of young ac­tors and ac­tresses from Ash­ford School per­formed a play at the pres­ti­gious Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

The year-12 pupils even wrote and pro­duced the play them­selves, wowing crowds at the fa­mous fes­ti­val with The Hol­ly­wood Ten.

Eight girls and boys from the East Hill school’s 8PB The­atre Com­pany per­formed on Satur­day, Au­gust 9, say­ing it was an ex­pe­ri­ence they will never for­get.

One ac­tress, Ge­orgina Bishop, said: “To know I was per­form­ing in front of peo­ple who en­joy the­atre and not just par­ents and friends was amaz­ing.

“The at­mos­phere was in­tense, but there was a mas­sive buzz as ev­ery­one was try­ing to sell their own show on the Royal Mile, which made it very com­pet­i­tive.

“I have learnt so many things from go­ing to Ed­in­burgh, from be­ing in­volved in writ­ing the script, re­search and mar­ket­ing, and learn­ing how to sell our show. It was a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Hol­ly­wood Ten is set in 1950s Amer­ica, when 10 of the best screen­writ­ers, pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors in Hol­ly­wood were black­listed and un­able to work be­cause of their sus­pected com­mu­nist sym­pa­thies.

Miker Buchanan, head of Ash­ford School, who trav­elled to Ed­in­burgh to sup­port the cast, said: “Hats off to them. Per­form­ing at the Fringe is al­most unique among performers of their age.”

Pic­ture: Thomas Alexan­der Pho­tog­ra­phy

Stu­dent ac­tors from Ash­ford School in Ed­in­burgh

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