Press Releases 2014-2015

BA Acting Students take their show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

22.06.2015

A young theatre company, run by UWTSD BA Acting students are embarking on their first project together this summer. Laugh on the Edge Theatre, will take their show, ‘old man’s Gift’, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. The show stars four BA acting students, Sara Heart, Lawrence Schrader, Daniel Sean and Sarah Beth.

The show, titled ‘old man’s Gift’, is an original black comedy about a group of friends who have organised a birthday party for the old man, their former abuser. With intentions that are less than benign, the friends’ relationships are tested to breaking point as midnight approaches and the pressure of what they have planned looms.

The show will run for three weeks at the Fringe Festival between the 8th and the 29th of August at Venue 13.

The theatre company have been supported by BA Theatre Design and Production who have been creating and designing the set along with preparing for the work in progress exhibition that took place last month. The show will be part funded by UWTSD, the theatre company will raise the remaining funds by means of a crowd funding campaign. The fundraising site, that includes a trailer for the show, can be accessed here

Sara Heart who produces, directs and stars in the show said:

“Taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe is in equal parts scary and exciting. It's a very daunting task because there is so much to producing a show - getting a venue, doing press work and advertising. Although there is a lot of work, it is an amazing opportunity, we'll get to do a 3 week run where we can invite agents, get seen and gather experience. Despite the hard work behind it I wouldn't miss it for the world.”

The BA Acting course at UWTSD is innovative and designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts. The course provides students with the experience of being taught by professional actors and practitioners.

Sara continued: “The course at UWTSD taught me acting techniques and stage craft, but I think what has been even more important is that it has given me the chance to try new things and gain as much experience as possible. What has helped me most in organising our run at the Fringe has been working with real actors and directors who teach on the course. I have learned so much about directing by working with Ioan Hefin, Eddie Ladd and Elen Bowman, all very successful in the industry.  I also had the opportunity of accompanying our acting tutor, Robbie Bowman, to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 as an intern. That taught me a lot about how the Fringe is run and the experience will come in handy once we're up in Edinburgh.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh, from big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers. The festival includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014