School actors dazzle at Edinburgh festival
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.”
Student actors from Ashford School in Edinburgh