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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

If you want to support ALRA students and graduates at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year you definitely won't be short of options. Have a look through the list below and if you are at the Festival this year, go along and say hello.

Maddy Anholt - Herselves

2nd to 27th August at Med Quad

Character comedian Maddy Anholt, who graduated from ALRA in 2010, returns to Edinburgh following five-star sell-outs at last year’s festival and at the Soho Theatre with a brand new hilarious hour that delves into her surreal and sparkly world of outlandish characters. As seen on BBC2’s Sunny D and heard on Radios 4’s No Smoke.

Elliot Hadley - 5 Guys Chillin'

2nd to 27th August at Assembly Roxy

Following highly acclaimed, sell-out performances in Dublin, New York, Sydney and Edinburgh, 5 Guys Chillin’ is also heading to Edinburgh. It’s written by ALRA tutor Peter Darney and 2010 ALRA graduate Elliot Hadley is now Assistant Director after winning Best Male Performer at the Dublin International Theatre Festival in 2016.

Effie Summers - First Time Buyers

3rd to 26th August at Bourbon Bar

New comedy play First Time Buyers features Effie Summers who graduated from ALRA North in 2017 and has hit the ground running. She will be playing the role of Debbie.

Rebecca Vaughan - Austen’s Women & The Time Machine

Austen’s Women at Assembly Roxy Upstairs3rd to 13th August

The Time Machine at Assembly Roxy Upstairs3rd to 28th August

Rebecca Vaughan, who graduated from ALRA in 1999, is taking two shows up to the festival this year with her company Dyad Productions, marking her ninth Edinburgh Festival Fringe appearance. They are performing their brand new show The Time Machine – an adaptation of the HG Wells classic – and a revival of the five-star reviewed Austen’s Women – a celebration of Jane Austen’s heroines.

Michelle Barnette - Brutal Cessation

3rd to 28th August at Assembly George Square

Brutal Cessation is a savage new play by Milly Thompson, directed by Bethany Pitts and featuring ALRA 2014 graduate Michelle Barnette.

Emily Parker-Barratt and Keri Bastiman - Ballot Box

5th to 12th August at Paradise in The Vault

Emily Parker-Barratt and Keri Bastiman both graduated from ALRA's MA Acting course in 2013 and 2012 respectively. They are taking Ballot Box, a one-hour satirical comedy, to this year's festival.

Ballot Box was written by Emily for Tea and Tonic Productions – a company run by both Emily and Keri.

Evangeline Osbon and co. - Think

5th to 12th August at Paradise in The Vault

Evangeline Osbon, 2017 ALRA graduate, is taking her original play Think to this year's festival. The cast also features fellow graduate Ebony Wong and Third Year students Maddie Coles, Stefan Race and Romario Simpson.

Read our interview with Evangeline on the play.

Maria Crocker and Alice Blundell - No Miracles Here

5th to 25th August at Summerhall

ALRA graduates Maria Crocker (2011) and Alice Blundell (2012) are both performing at this year's festival in No Miracles Here, a play supported by the RSC as part of the Northern Stage programme.

Matt Anholt and Evelyn Roberts - The Horse Show

5th to 27th August at The Black Market

Also appearing at the festival will be The Horse Show, a character comedy produced by and featuring 2014 ALRA graduates Evelyn Roberts and Matt Holt.

Holly Chidley, Charlie Chambers and co. - Cult-ure

14th to 26th August (excluding 20th) at TheSpaceUK on North Bridge - Perth Theatre

Bind Theatre Company will be presenting Cult-ure - a thought-provoking play on bullying - at the festival this year. Featuring in the production are current ALRA students Holly Chidley (Artistic Director/Producer), Charlie Chambers (Director), William Bull, Mathew Farmer, Roisin Fahey, Alexandra Spooner and Conrad Williamson.

Hannah Samuels, Debbie Bird, Topher Collins and Scott Patrick - Meeting at 33

7th to 18th August at Salvation Army - Pleasance Courtyard

Created through extensive anonymous interviews with addicts and retold verbatim, Meeting at 33 offers a unique opportunity to experience a recovery meeting. Featuring in the production are ALRA graduates Hannah Samuels, Debbie Bird, Topher Collins and Scott Patrick.We wish all our students and graduates the best of luck for their shows and performances.

Aidan Good and Jon Clark - Edinburgh Technicians

Two ALRA SMTT graduates, Aidan Good and Jon Clark, will also be heading to the festival as techicians. Aidan will be working in the Gilded Balloon while Jon will be stationed at the Pleasance Courtyard. 

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