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9th April 2009, 9:32am
Top night of cabaret entertainment at LPAC
Millicent Binks Performing arts students will stage an evening of cabaret entertainment as they warm up for their 2009 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.

Popular professional burlesque performer Millicent Binks is the headline act for the concert, which will take place on Wednesday 22 April in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) on the Brayford campus.

She will be supported by a variety of professional cabaret artists and student performers in a show incorporating song, dance, impersonation and comedy.

The benefit concert, entitled Risqué Business, is the first in a series of fundraising performances and events planned by The Lincoln Company – the theatre company run by drama and dance students at the University’s Lincoln School of Performing Arts.

Its aim is to raise funds for The Lincoln Company to travel to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where students will stage a programme of seven plays.

Money raised will go towards covering transport, accommodation and production costs for the Edinburgh season, which runs from 5-31 August. The plays will then be performed at the LPAC in September as part of Freshers’ Week.

Last year The Lincoln Company – then in its first year – took five original plays to Edinburgh, each written, directed and performed by students. The programme included an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, which received the precious accolade of a Fringe Sell-Out production.

This year the company will take three new plays written by Lincoln students and four revivals, including plays by Sheridan, Stoppard and Pinter.

The original plays include Miss Landmine, a co-production with Italian theatre students, about a real life beauty pageant staged in Angola in 2008 for women injured by landmines.

Andy Jordan, Senior Lecturer in The Lincoln School of Performing Arts and founder of The Lincoln Company, said: “I firmly believe the students gain an enormous amount from performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, both in terms of broadening their education and opening their eyes to the world of professional theatre. The students are certainly thrown in at the deep end – but the experience is often life-changing. They must deal with every aspect of professional theatre, including obtaining funding, administration and management, marketing and publicity, playwriting, set and costume design, stage management, acting and directing. It gives meaning and context to the students’ academic work, which is why it’s so important.”

Tickets for Risqué Business can be purchased from the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, by phoning 0844 888 4414 or online at The performance begins in the LPAC at 8.30pm on Wednesday 22 April with a pre-event bar opening at 7pm. .

Tickets cost £10 for seats at a cabaret table, £8 for general seating (£5 concessions, including students and under-18s), and £4 for gallery seats.

The event is suitable for people aged 16 and above.

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