Date of release: Friday, August 17, 2018

 

For the first time, the University of Greenwich's Bathway Theatre Company has taken a 15 strong team to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with a double bill of student-directed plays, by UK playwright, Caryl Churchill.

And all their hard work and preparation is paying off, as they have earned their first 4* review for Blue Heart, performed at St Columba's by the Castle, Edinburgh.

The drama team, composed of second and third year students plus recent alumni, chose two of Caryl Churchill's lesser known works for their Edinburgh debut to provide a pacy and entertaining treat which will stretch their ability to work as a theatre company.

In this production of Heart's Desire and Blue Kettle, the set transforms with the help of an ostrich linking the two plays. The relevance of this large bird seen walking along the Royal Mile will become clear over a 1hr 10 min performance that features dark comedy, narrative acrobatics and a playful use of language to capture the emptiness of everyday communication.

Director and third year student, Charlotte Potter, said: "Having the opportunity to direct such an ambitious play is incredible. This allows us to take our first steps into the professional world of theatre, with the University of Greenwich and their support behind us."

Also heading to Edinburgh are students from the university's Creative Professions & Digital Arts (CPDA) department for the Edinburgh International Television Festival (22-24 August) for their third year. CPDA is just one of six university partners with The Edinburgh International Television Festival Network Talent Scheme and the only London university.

Professor Mark O'Thomas, University of Greenwich Pro Vice Chancellor said: "I'm delighted that many of our second and third year drama and television students will be making their debut at two Edinburgh festivals this summer. My priority is that everyone gets the chance to push their boundaries through a real life experience that will test their limits."

GREENWICH PLAYWRIGHT CELEBRATES HAMPTON COURT PERFORMANCE

A play by a Greenwich University Lecturer is currently being performed in at Hampton Court Palace, the scene of performances by Shakespeare's King's Men in the 17th Century.

'The Court Must Have a Queen', by Adeola Solanke, is on in the Great Hall until 2 September.

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