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Simon Vickery

Fringe Players

Our Contact Centre is equipped with a permanent stage, and we also have a small temporary one for use in the church. Simon Vickery, himself a graduate of many productions here, both as actor and director, tells us some of the consequences:

 

For many years now, somewhere in the buildings between Narbonne Avenue and Hambalt Road, people have been dressing up in funny clothes at the weekend, and all in the name of amateur dramatics.

From pantos to passion plays, Rattigan to Shakespeare, both the Contact Centre and the church itself have served as venues for the theatrical creations of the Church of the Holy Spirit congregation, and - importantly - of the wider community.
 
Such a rich tradition couldn’t fail to have its impact on the younger generations within the congregation, and many have now gone on to study, and even to pursue careers in, the theatre. So, while many in the country will be turning their attention towards London for the Olympics, we know that the real excitement will be up in Edinburgh, as three young people from our church -Edward Cherrie, Oliver Jenni and Matt Vickery - are involved in taking shows to the Festival Fringe this summer.

Matt Vickery

 

Matt Vickery is an undergraduate actor and director and is part of the company of Entita Theatre (University of Kent) taking Fall to the Top to the Edinburgh Fringe 13th – 17th August at Greensideon Royal Terrace.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall to the Top is a topical reworking of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, performed using the company’s unique form of striking physical performance combining innovative technology with gripping ensemble performances, which intertwine dark comedy with a sinister plot.

You can book tickets here on the Edinburgh Fringe website, or of course at the venue – if there are any seats left.

 
  

 

  


 Oliver Jenni 

 Lighting and sound specialist at school and at church, Oliver Jennico-designed and manages the sound and lighting in Bradfield College’s Theatre Oikos production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Fringe 3rd – 11th August at Zoo on the Pleasance. 

 
Judas, haunted by guilt and despair after selling out the Son of God, is in a catatonic state in hell. A lawyer with a grudge against God launches an appeal on Judas’ behalf. The case is heard in purgatory, aka downtown New York - 2005. Witnesses include experts from St. Peter to Sigmund Freud.
 
This ground-breaking play, by leading contemporary New York playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is funny, thought-provoking and ultimately deeply moving.
 
Theatre Oikos have produced “an incredible production of a thoughtful, challenging and controversial play”.
 
Tickets for Last Days of Judas Iscariot may be purchased on the Edinburgh Fringe website here.


Edward Cherrie

 
Edward Cherrie is an undergraduate at Durham University and is part of the Kronos Stage Company taking Oscar Wilde’s Salome to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Performances are from 6th to 18thAugust (excluding 12th) at the Space on the Mile starting at 6:10pm; the play lasts 55 minutes and is suitable for ages 12 +.
 
Performed in Lord Alfred Douglas’ original English translation the play tells in one act the Biblical story of Salome, stepdaughter of the tetrarch Herod Antipas, who, to her stepfather's dismay, requests the head of Jokanaan (John the Baptist) on a silver platter as a reward for dancing the dance of the seven Veils.
 
In an intense and controversially relevant portrayal, Kronos Productions exposes the victimisation of women in a gripping version of Oscar Wilde’s infamous, once-banned tragedy.
 
Tickets for Salome can be purchased on the Edinburgh Fringe website here