Loughborough Alumni


1 Aug 2018

Loughborough alumni and students take on the Edinburgh Fringe

A group of alumni and current students are working together to perform two plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.

Topcliffe House Productions, founded by alumni Alex Jones and Emily White alongside students Elspeth McClymont and Sam Critchlow, are taking the plays to the festival.

A group-written effort, the first play, “Under the Fig Tree”, is set in a pub. It explores the themes of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”. A group of semi-fictional characters gather in a Lancashire pub and share their individual, often comical, fears on life, loss and regret.

Acting in this first of the two plays are alumni Thomas Hampson (Physics 2018) and Emily White (English 2018). Current students Sam Critchlow (Mechanical Engineering), Natalie Doyle (Drama), Kejdi Haska (Computer Science) and Nevada Ross (English and Drama) also star.

The second play, “Scary Story” is written by alumnus Alex Jones. An awkward Halloween party sees a group of friends and couples interrupted by an intruder obsessed with horror. The characters are forced into a story-telling game where they must outwit the intruder.

The cast include alumni Liz Fedorowycz (English 2017) and Alex Jones (English 2016 and Creative Writing 2017). Elspeth McClymont (Psychology and Criminology), Will Crane (Drama), Katy Williams (Drama), Josh Stidder (Drama)and Becky Gray (English and Drama) also join the cast.

Alex Jones, actor and writer of Scary Story, says the University has helped the group get where they are today as it gave him a platform to share his work.

He said: “Loughborough helped me rediscover my love of theatre and it was there that I wrote my first play, which was later performed by [Loughborough Students’ Union’s] Stage Society. It felt like the culmination of years of extra-curricular acting and directing and I would never have been given this opportunity anywhere else.

“I was given consistent encouragement by my lecturers and it’s partly down to their commitment that I was confident enough to try writing a second play for the Fringe. The whole process has been amazing and the cast are wonderfully talented; we’re all so excited for our week in Edinburgh and performing two shows that we’ve worked exceptionally hard on.”

The two plays will be performed in The Vault at Paradise Green, Edinburgh between 20 and 26 August 2018.

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