As­pir­ing play­wright heads to fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - JES­SICA SIMMS

A YOUNG play­wright is hop­ing to take her play about hu­man traf­fick­ing to the world fa­mous Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val.

For­mer King’s stu­dent Sa­man­tha O’Rourke, 24, has writ­ten the play ‘The Dol­phin Ho­tel’, in­flu­enced by Alan Ay­ck­bourn’s tril­ogy ‘The Nor­man Con­quests’.

She is hop­ing to take the play to the fes­ti­val with her theatre com­pany The Thread, which she set up with fel­low ac­tors af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

The group has al­ready had a taste of suc­cess at the fes­ti­val af­ter tak­ing their show ‘Much Ado about Zom­bies’ there last year.

Now they have four more plays they would like to re­turn with and are look­ing for fund­ing to help them on their way.

Sa­man­tha said: “Thread theatre is all about pro­duc­ing fresh takes on es­tab­lished plays, along­side new writ­ing.

“We hope that by show­ing peo­ple some­thing they’re fa­mil­iar with they will en­joy it and want to see our new writ­ing too.”

The team has al­ready raised £2,400 but more sup­port is needed to help them with trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion costs.

To sup­port the theatre go to http:/igg.me/at/ ed­in­burghthread/x or search for Thread Theatre Com­pany on Face­book.

●● Sa­man­tha O’Rourke is part of a team hop­ing to per­form a play at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val

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