Students to fly the flag for Weston at the Edinburgh Fringe

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UCW students will represent North Somerset at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

The Performing Arts degree students have formed their own theatre companies to devise, produce and promote three shows, and will perform 21 times at the Greenside @ Infirmary Street venue in August.

Those who attend Europe’s largest arts festival will get the chance to see the companies perform their original pieces of work, which are all linked to the theme of respect in society, under the title Points of Departures.

And the enterprising students are promising to stage four free performances of the shows across North Somerset in September if they hit their target to raise funds for marketing, transport and living expenses.

UCW student Joe Brooks said: “We hope that these experimental, engaging and electrifying shows will delight audiences in Edinburgh and also show off the vibrant cultural scene we have here in North Somerset.

“Working in theatre these days isn’t just about the creative aspects of performance, it also involves the commercial side of putting on a show, promoting it and selling enough tickets to cover costs, and learning how to do this is all part of our course at UCW.

“We’re really hoping that even if the theatre-lovers in North Somerset can’t make it to the Fringe, they will still support us in advance in exchange for free performances closer to home later in the year.”

Points of Departure is comprised of Looking for Baby Daddy by Atomic Rhubarb, The Vanishing by Zero Hour and Fighting Talk by Snatch Theatre.

To support the students with their fundraising, please go to their crowdfunding page at www.spacehive.com/fringe2weston.

The performing arts, musical theatre and dance degrees at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.