Scratchworks Theatre Company

Funding the Fringe

Scratchworks, a theatre company set up and run by Exeter graduates, has received five star reviews for its performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Scratchworks was co-founded by Exeter Drama graduates (Alice Higginson Laura Doble, Kath Darke, Sian Keen, Izzy Tennyson, Felicity Cant and Ellen Pye) to build on their degree and produce new and innovative theatre. They set an ambitious goal for 2013, not only setting their sights on the Fringe but to take 25 company members and three productions to the festival.

The three productions that were featured included: FOX – a silent-movie style adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox; On Hold – a dark comedy set in a PR firm; and The Summit – a physical theatre piece exploring the life of an Olympic cyclist.

The Summit received five stars from the EdFringe Review and was shortlisted for the National Student Drama Festival Award, competing alongside only 15 other student productions. Fox and On Hold also received fantastic reviews from critics and at the end of the festival Scratchworks was awarded a special commendation for their overall body of creative work.

Alice Higginson (Co-Artistic Director) said, “So much of this project was only made possible by a grant from the University’s Annual fund. Although a financially ambitious project, we believed it was important to give as many Exeter students the opportunity to experience the Fringe and showcase our work. The commendation was a fantastic achievement for the whole company and a fitting end to what was a major exercise in hard work, determination and team spirit.”

Scratchworks is now looking ahead to their next production. The company will be showcasing their work at the Bikeshed Theatre in Exeter in November.

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Date: 13 September 2013

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