The School of Fine and Performing Arts has had outstanding success performing at theatre and dance festivals around the world and has won a number of significant awards.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Since 2008, our resident student and alumni company, The Lincoln Company, has taken shows up to Edinburgh. The shows operate under our own student/alumni company which is in residence in the LPAC throughout the year.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest, most important and most famous Arts Festival in the world. The world’s media cover it, and hundreds of thousands of people attend it - and University of Lincoln students perform in it!

‌The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has become the equivalent to the Cannes Film Festival. It is the international theatre and performance marketplace to which every theatre promoter, booker, agent, producer, theatre manager goes to find its shows for the following year.

2017 Edinburgh Festival shows



Things We Find In The Dark - Echo Echo Echo

Children have always believed that monsters lurk underneath the bed. As they get older, they forget that monsters really do exist. Sam locked these creatures away and, in all that time, they stayed hidden and grew stronger until, one day, Sam is plunged into a world of monsters, misfits and an evil that waits in the shadows. With an explosive physical theatre cast, Echo Echo Echo tells the tale of the darkness within each of us that lurks just below the surface.

The Room at the Top of the House - Stand By Theatre Company

Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. At a time when he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to escape reality. His family make a desperate attempt to help him realise there is more to life than photos on a shelf and postcards under the door. This is an honest and uplifting show about fear and the impact our decisions have on those we care about, told through mesmerising movement, poetic text and visual inventiveness.

Pornography - Simon Stephens

Are you laughing or crying? Optimism to despair, euphoria to devastation, national celebration to a country in mourning. Four explosions, 52 casualties, an hour that changed Britain. Pornography offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a London that went from the euphoria of Live 8 and the Olympics 2012 announcement to the devastation of the July 7th bombings. A play which examines what brings someone to a point of such desperation, Pornography is still as relevant 10 years on. What does it mean, post-Brexit, post-Trump? Marking the 10th anniversary of Stephens’s harrowing masterpiece.

2015 Edinburgh Festival shows

2014 Edinburgh Festival shows

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2013 Edinburgh Festival posters

National Student Drama Festival

The National Student Drama Festival is a highly competitive event which showcases the best work from university drama departments.  This year, the festival is international which means competition is even stiffer.  Despite this, however, we are pleased to announce that final-year Drama student Dean Graham has been selected and will take his show Leather to the festival in Sheffield where our students will perform in his self-penned urban drama.

David Greig Festival 2014

In 2014, award-winning Scottish playwright David Greig attended our festival which culminated in two nights of The Events, his most recent play.  In addition to The Events, other Greig plays performed over the week included The Architect and The Cosmonaut's Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union.

Mark Ravenhill Festival 2013

In 2013, we hosted the Mark Ravenhill Festival - an exciting, week-long set of events devoted to the work of one of our most radical and celebrated playwrights.  The week concluded with an evening conversation with Mark himself via a Skype link direct to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Sarah Kane Festival 2012

In 2012, we hosted the Sarah Kane Festival which included productions of Blasted, Phaedra's Love, and Cleansed.  The Sarah Kane Symposium at the of the festival week included a keynote paper by Dr Graham Saunders whose work on Sarah Kane is internationally recognised.

Caryl Churchill Festival 2011

In addition to travelling to various festivals around the UK and Europe, the Lincoln School of Performing Arts also holds its own festivals celebrating the breadth of work that contemporary playwrights have contributed to our culture.  In 2011, we hosted the Caryl Churchill Festival where a wide range of Churchill's plays were performed at the LPAC in addition to a symposium which discussed the impact of one of our most radical playwrights.

Around the World

Students from the School of Fine and Performing Arts have performed at the International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk, as well as the International Theatre Schools Festival in Warsaw where we won a Special Jury Prize.  Our ambition remains to offer our students as many opportunities as possible to share their work on the international stage.