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Theatre Arts hosts previews for Edinburgh Fringe

Artists and companies from Theatre Arts at Middlesex plus invited guests showcase the pieces they’ll be taking to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe festival as part of Theatre Arts Exchange

Image from Scenes from an Urban Gothic

Middlesex University’s Theatre Arts Exchange are previewing the shows they will host at Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s biggest arts festival. The previews will take place in the Grove Studios on campus and are open to all.

As well as giving the performers and creatives a chance to test their work in front of a live audience, the previews are an opportunity for members of the public who are unable to travel to the Fringe to experience these exciting productions.

Many of the shows on offer feature Middlesex staff and graduates, for example Touch, an interactive installation using movement and film, and Scenes from an Urban Gothic, a movement piece depicting the alienation of city life.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our work.”
James Cross, MA Theatre Arts student

Joel Brogan and James Cross started their company Bross Collective while studying at Middlesex. They will be previewing Touch before taking it to the Fringe.

“We have performed parts of it before but feel like this is a really good testing ground for the work and to get ourselves out there,” says Joel, a Leeds-born performance artist currently studying on the MA Theatre Arts course.

“I hope to really work at getting people engaged with the arts through my practice. Hopefully you’ll see my work in an arts centre near you!”

During the residency in Edinburgh, the Theatre Arts Exchange venue will be staffed by Middlesex’s Theatre Arts students, something Joel is also involved in: “I am going to be managing the venue’s box office and café for the month with James.”

Aside from his involvement with Bross Collective, James Cross is taking Scenes from an Urban Gothic to the Fringe with his other company, Theatre Imaginers.

James is also working towards a master’s degree after graduating from the BA Theatre Arts course at Middlesex: “Knowing the course and the tutors who would be guiding me, I knew it would be a great opportunity to develop my work in a supportive environment.

“The master’s has given me time to process thoughts and ideas, pushing me to take risks, explore and experiment in an exciting, ambitious atmosphere.”

For more information and to book tickets for the previews and Edinburgh Festival performances, please visit the Theatre Arts Exchange website.

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