A group of young actors, from The Theatre School in Tunbridge Wells, were celebrating this week after an outstanding review of their performance at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Aged between 16 and 18, the company performed Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ which charters the unlikely turmoil of a group of teenagers, who find themselves in the midst of a terrible crime, and their efforts to preserve their innocence.
Among the actors were three Mayfield School girls, who received a special mention in the three-star review by Broadway Baby for her threatening character Cathy, ‘whose penetrating stare says a thousand words!’
Young company bring array of engaging, emotional and believable performances’ to Edinburgh Festival – three star review from Broadway Baby
The Theatre School is run by Colin Armour from the Mayfield School Drama Department. Mr Armour said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to perform as a company at the largest arts festival in the world. It’s something brilliant for the actors to add to their CV. Everyone has been super focused and done a phenomenal job! Getting a three star review for a youth production is really good, considering that five star reviews are going to the professionals.”
As well as performing their show each day, the group also took advantage of the other theatre on offer and saw an average of four performances a day.
The Theatre School runs drama classes for 11-18 year olds at the weekends in
Tunbridge Wells. From September, on a Saturday, the year seven and eight classes will be run at and in conjunction with Mayfield School.