Graduates have huge success at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

This year's Fringe Festival has just finished, and it’s worth looking back at some of the triumphs:

Luke Barnes

Luke Barnes' All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Middle Child was part of Hull's City of Culture celebrations.
A musical, with music by James Frewer, it was credited with “setting fire to your expectations of what theatre can be” The Telegraph. At Edinburgh it met with rave reviews and a handful of awards and accolades: a coveted Bobby Award from Broadway Baby; The Stage Edinburgh Award for cast member Marc Graham and Middle Child were listed by the British Council as one of their six 'Artists to Watch 2017'

★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ The Telegraph

Sean McCann

Sean McCann and Adam Meggido’s company Extempore Theatre presented Rhapsodes in which they drew upon a vast range of writers living and dead, to extemporise an authentic Shakespeare play. The production received ecstatic reviews:

‘Jaw-droppingly extraordinary.’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘Intelligent, uproarious laugh-a-minute fare.’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
‘This might just be my favourite thing on the entire planet.’ ★★★★★Three Weeks

Yvette Boakye

Yvette Boakye in Talawa Theatre's The Girls
This acclaimed play by Theresa Ikono was at Soho Theatre prior to its run in Edinburgh. It is the story of thee young girls kidnapped from their hometown in Nigeria.

“Scorchingly intelligent and as powerful as a gut punch” ★★★★ The Times
" ... clever, audacious, entertaining and full of promise." ★★★★ Time Out

The play tours to the HighTide Festival, Salisbury Playhouse and Plymouth Theatre Royal this Autumn.


Skin by 201 Dance Company produced by Patrick Collier
201 are a team of six urban and contemporary dancers. Skin went to Edinburgh following a sell-out international tour. The company is listed by the British Council as one of their six 'Artists to Watch 2017'

“201 have created a masterpiece of human sensitivity” ★★★★★ EdFringe Review
"Packs an emotional punch, steering Hip Hop into fresh territory" ★★★★ The Times

Patrick is also the Executive Producer of the multi award-winning Access All Areas Theatre Company and produces and directs for Theatre Temoin and Graeae.

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock (Rhys Bevan, Arabella Gibbins, Phoebe Higson and Lewis Docherty)
Laughing Stock’s character-based and narrative-driven sketch comedy incorporates live music, dance and mime. Laughing Stock’s show at Edinburgh was described as

"a riotous hour of high-octane comedy, clever and silly in equal measure and performed by a supremely talented cast" ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“It's unlikely you'll find a sketch troupe quite as adventurous, talented and professional as Laughing Stock at the Fringe. These multi-talented performers seem to have it all. Their chemistry together is undeniable” ★★★★ The Wee Review

Danielle Isaacs

Danielle Isaacs’ one woman show Hear Me Raw
Danielle’s show about how the wellness industry made her ill received great reviews and a nomination for the Mental Health Fringe award at Edinburgh.

“the perfectly controlled tone and execution of this one-woman piece, [is] made all the more striking by Daniella Isaacs relating a variation of her own story.... It’s an honest, insightful and ultimately uplifting work” ★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ Broadway Baby
Richard Gadd’s

Richard Gadd’s award-winning in Monkey See Monkey Do
Winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award, the year long tour of Monkey See Monkey Do came to a close at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.

★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Times
★★★★ Scotsman

Emily Stott

Emily Stott in Glitter Punch Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at London's Kings Head Theatre and a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Some Riot Theatre returned to Edinburgh with Glitter Punch and Emily Stott in the leading role.

“simply superb powerhouse performance delivered by Em Stott in the title role” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
“brilliantly enacted by Stott” ★★★★ The Quotidian Times

Hayley Wareham

Hayley Wareham in Cathy by Cardboard Citizens
Cathy came to Edinburgh following a national tour. Based on Ken Loach’s ground-breaking 1966 film Cathy Come Home, the production garnered five star reviews and was judged to be ‘painfully relevant’. It has been longlisted for an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

★★★★★ The Reviews Hub


Elliot Winter in award-winning two man show, Poll Function
Poll Function presented by hailtothepeople, is described as ‘a coming of age bromance’. It received five star reviews and won The Pleasance’s new-house Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award for best theatre, family, music or dance newcomer.

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