18th September 2009, 9:46am
Hit Edinburgh Fringe shows return to Lincoln
Cool Cutz performance Lincoln theatregoers can catch some of the plays which won over crowds and critics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as performing arts students stage a triumphant homecoming show at The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

The Lincoln Company, the student theatre company from The University of Lincoln’s School of Performing Arts, took seven shows to this year’s Fringe. It included three revivals of stage classics by Sheridan, Pinter and Stoppard, as well as four original productions.

Now, after winning praise from national theatre critics and applause from delighted Edinburgh audiences, The Lincoln Company is bringing the shows home to Lincoln. Five of the plays will be staged at the LPAC on the University’s Brayford campus over two evenings on Wednesday 23 September and Thursday 24 September.

They are:

The Shade Ain’t Right by Adiam Solomon and The Company (original)
The Critic by R B Sheridan (revival)
Cool Cutz by Laura Lowndes, Stephanie Doyle and Jody Williamson (original)
The Lover by Harold Pinter (revival)
After Magritte by Tom Stoppard (revival)

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 ran from 5-31 August and featured more than 34,000 performances of 2,000 different shows. A record 1.85m tickets were sold – a 21 per cent increase on the previous year and almost 10 per cent more than the previous highest total.

This year was only the second time The Lincoln Company, founded in 2008, had performed at the Fringe. In its inaugural season, the company won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell Out accolade for its production of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. This year it repeated that feat with a sell out performance of After Magritte.

In a four-star review of The Lincoln Company’s Edinburgh performance of Pinter’s The Lover, The British Theatre Guide said: “It's marvellous to see a performance that does justice to a master”, while Broadway Baby said the production of Stoppard’s After Magritte was “a very clever and enjoyable play in which every word is important and the cast play it just right. Great fun.”

Andy Jordan, founder of The Lincoln Company and Senior Lecturer in The Lincoln School of Performing Arts said the Edinburgh tour had been highly successful.

“The students represented the University and The Lincoln School of Performing Arts enormously well,” he said. “The workload the company had on its hands was onerous, presenting no fewer than seven shows - four shows a day, seven days a week for nigh-on a month. It was a significant challenge to everybody involved, but it was all managed well and painlessly.

“I know for sure the students enjoyed the experience enormously. I feel certain they all learnt an enormous amount about both the world of theatre and about themselves and their aspirations. As with the previous year, for many students it was nothing short of a life-changing experience.”

Tickets for The Lincoln Company’s performances of its Edinburgh programme at the LPAC cost £6 each (student concessions are available). Tickets are available from the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, which is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday, or by phoning 0844 888 4414.

Anyone wanting to be kept up to date with what’s on at the LPAC can join the mailing list by visiting: www.lpac.co.uk/site/Mailing_List.

Programme Schedule:

Wednesday 23 September
7.00 pm The Shade Ain't Right
7.35 pm Interval (20 mins)
8.00 pm The Critic
9.15 pm Finish

Thursday 24 September
7.00 pm Cool Cutz
7.40 pm Interval (15 mins)
7.55 pm The Lover
8.30 pm Interval (15 mins)
8.45 pm After Magritte
9.20 pm Finish
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