This year Emanuel Theatre Company (ETC) came back together and took two completely different shows up to the Edinburgh Fringe. With 20 actors and two technicians from years 10-13, excited for the challenge of performing in a professional Edinburgh Fringe Show, the Drama department set off to perform The Twits by Roald Dahl and Still Life by Noel Coward.
Upon arrival in Edinburgh, the pupils settled in to their flat and began the challenge of both performing two professional shows every day, watching 30 shows and learning to cook, clean and look after one another for the next 10 days.
They rose to all of these challenges fantastically. With brilliant reviews (a selection have been listed below) and enthusiastic advertising from the pupils who flyered on the Royal Mile, both shows sold out during their run. Audiences were wildly enthusiastic about both productions, producing tears for Still Life and laughter for Twits in equal measure.
The team also watched a huge number of other shows, experiencing theatre, musicals, puppetry, circus, comedy, magic and physical theatre pieces. The plays evoked bright debate and all were enjoyed immensely by both staff and pupils attending the trip. Thank you to all who were involved; it was an absolute pleasure spending a month of the summer holidays with you!
“The Twits are about as horrible as you can imagine, and for those familiar with the book, this production brought them vividly to life!”
“An amazing adaptation of a much loved tale, these young actors are truly superb”
“The enthusiasm never drops with ETC’s production, and that keeps the kids sitting forward to catch every silly insult, twist and acrobatic dance move.”
“Noel Coward himself would surely have been amused by this talented young company”
“ETC’s stage presence and mature performances are most impressive”
“Just simply good acting, and ETC were so very good in this production”
Miss Fearnley (Head of Drama)