UCW students to perform at Europe’s biggest arts festival

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Talented students from UCW will be flying the flag for North Somerset at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Musical Theatre and Performing Arts students will be performing more than 25 times at venues around the city in August.

The performances will be a culmination of months of hard work for the students, who have already performed at theatres in Bristol, Bath and Weston and also further afield in the Theatre Royal, Windsor, so far this year.

Among the shows will be Enigma – an original musical devised entirely by UCW student theatre company Enigma Theatre UK which tells the little-known story of seven American women who worked as codebreakers during the Second World War.

Hedda Rustad Carlsen, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics for Enigma and performs in the show, said: “Even when I was growing up in Norway I was aware of how huge the Edinburgh Fringe is, so to get the chance to be part of it is such an exciting opportunity.

“We’ve put so much into Enigma, from writing and rehearsing to fundraising, that I can’t wait to finally get there to tell this important story and show off the amazing talent we have at UCW.”

Enigma will be on at Nicolson Square in Edinburgh every day from the 2nd to the 10th of August, but theatre-lovers closer to home will get the chance to see the show before anyone else at Weston Museum on Sunday 28th July.

Also going to Edinburgh and performing in Weston from 6pm on Sunday will be the UCW student theatre companies Tough Yolk and Riddled Image, who received rave reviews at last year’s Fringe.

Tough Yolk’s original show ‘Consumers’ will be on at the Greenside @ Infirmary Street venue from the 12th to the 17th of August.

Riddled Image’s original show ‘And Then They Died’ will be on at the sane venue from the 19th to the 24th of August.

Also from the Performing Arts degree at UCW, Zero Hours will perform ‘Taking Flight’ from the 2nd to the 10th of August.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, the Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, said: “I am pleased that we were able to support these students’ ambition to be part of such a prestigious event, but equally pleased to see that these enterprising young people have shown the perseverance and dedication to go off and make it happen themselves.

“Having seen these students grow and develop such strong creative identities over the past few years, I am certain that the UCW shows will all be big hits in Edinburgh.”

The degrees in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.