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Roundup: the best student theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017


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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe works on very important principle: no one is denied entry. Unlike most festivals, students from universities around the country are given the chance to stage their work to an international audience, helping to give exciting work from young creatives more visibility.

In 1947, the festival was started after eight performance groups were denied entry to the Edinburgh International Festival. As a result, they performed on the fringes of the festival and now, 70 years later, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the world’s largest arts events.

Naturally, this allows a huge range of performers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, sexual identities, and age groups to perform. It’s become a hotspot for student theatre and has given hundreds of young performers the kick-start they needed to start a career in the industry.

Here is our roundup of the most exciting student theatre to see at the 2017 festival, from sperm to Berlin to Oscar Pistorius.


War of the Sperms 

“Nine sperms. One egg. One winner.” 

This is a sweet and salty comedy about nine sperms in training school, following their lives as they prepare for The Great Sperm Race. Written by Lewis Wilding, a drama student at UEA, War of the Sperms is a bonkers exploration of our earliest selves.

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Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy

Performed in Elizabethan English and Shakespeare’s famous metre, students at the University of St Andrews have turned the downfall of Oscar Pistorius into a tragedy to rival the likes of Macbeth and Hamlet, told from the perspective of three cackling news anchors.

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The Inevitable Quiet of the Crash

This musical is performed by current students and recent graduates from St Catherine’s College, Oxford. It tells the story of three women living in London who, after a tragic train crash, come to terms with love, loss, and grief. With an all-female cast, this critically acclaimed musical exposes our addiction to consumer driven society.

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Already, Walls has won awards at the London Student Drama Festival earlier this year. Intersecting between the past and the present, Walls is set in Eastern Berlin in 1989 and the Calais Jungle in 2016. We see a girl attempt to cross the Berlin Wall from east to west and a young Afghan boy try to reach his family in the UK, exploring how young people have been denied freedom from physical and political borders.

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“Four explosions, 52 casualties, an hour that changed Britain.”

Marking the 10th anniversary of Simon Stephens’s harrowing masterpiece, this production of Pornography is performed by students and alumni from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts. It gives a kaleidoscopic portrait of London in the aftermath of the July 7th bombings, offering new perspectives in post-Brexit Britain.

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