Sidcot School’s production company, Hurly Burly, returned to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a reimagining of their 2013 four star production, Death by Shakespeare, and a debut for a new children’s theatre production, Stone.
The enthusiastic group, made up of current students and some recent alumni, took on the gruelling schedule of performing both shows every day for more than week. Between shows the students would perform for the crowds on the Royal Mile to promote their next performance.
Both productions were an outstanding success, often playing to sold out audiences, no mean feat when considering the competition from other shows at the festival.
Charlotte Resuggan, Director of Drama said: "We've had a great run at the Fringe. It's fantastic to see our students blossoming into not just talented performers but developing skills in marketing, promoting, collaborating and a plethora of other transferable skills. Our students are truly embodying the school motto 'live adventurously' – they're already asking what we're bringing up next year!"
Alex Andersson, Head Boy said: "It's been such an inspiring experience being here at the Fringe. It's amazing to think that a small school in Somerset can bring two pieces up to the Fringe and be getting sell out performances. I feel our time at Sidcot has really helped us to develop the confidence and tenacity you need to succeed up here."
Where Friends of the Earth meet Animals of Farthing Wood, Stone embraces the themes of ecology, sustainability and care for the world around us. Stone’s main protagonists are custodians of a rich and magical heritage threatened by the leviathan of big business and voracious capitalism.
An enchanting, musical fable that shows how even the most unexpected soul can become heroic. Stone fuses storytelling, music and movement in a simple, spellbinding parable about believing in the power of one and taking responsibility for the consequences of our actions.
For anyone who has ever dared to dream and believed that their dreams can shape reality, against all odds, Stone is a story that will warm even the stoniest of hearts – young and old alike!
Death by Shakespeare
It wowed Fringe audiences two years ago and returns refreshed and revisited with a vibrant new cast. A chorus of bawdy spirits lead the audience through this physically dynamic amalgamation of Shakespeare’s finest death scenes: the madness of Ophelia, the conniving Lady Macbeth and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet amongst others.
Death by Shakespeare fuses together familiar characters and scenes to create a fresh look at the Bard’s beautiful words, his timeless themes and, above all, his penetrating insight into the dark side of the human condition.
Photographs by Ronnie Galloway, Peter Gennard, Michael Hauret and Sidcot School