A group of local students from Middlesex University is taking two shows to the largest arts festival in England- the Brighton Fringe Festival in May.
The 18-strong team of final year students have developed two productions – ‘Dinner’ and ‘Pornography’- as part of the final year of their Theatre Arts degree. They now take their shows to the Brighton Fringe where they have secured prime performance slots at the winner of last year’s best venue award, The Warren.
‘Dinner’ is a comedy about the dinner party from hell – the host Paige has created a dinner like no other and opens her house up to an eclectic mix of guests. The diners are in for a night of surprises, venom and blood on the carpet. ‘Pornography’ is a dark drama which reflects on the legacy of the July 7 bombings and the Olympic Games in London.
One of the artistic directors and final year Middlesex University student, Bruce Adams (21), who lives in Finchley, said: "This module gave us the opportunity to showcase the talents of the company we'd already formed through working together at Middlesex. We were thrilled when The Warren were eager to book both of our shows to play outside the University, before we'd even started rehearsals."
Needing funds to take the show to Brighton the enterprising group took to crowd-sourcing website WeFund, after uploading a video about their plays they achieved their £2,000 target from public donations in just 30 days.
Producer Rosanna Grimes (24), who lives in Hendon, said: “Taking our shows to Brighton is really exciting. It’s the first time we’ll work together as a professional company. People in the industry will be there to see it so will hopefully set the ball rolling for us to take this further.”
‘Dinner’ and ‘Pornography’ will be performed three times each between 6-11 May in The Warren, Brighton. Tickets are available to buy now.