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11th May 2010, 10:45am
Put your comedy talents under the Edinburgh spotlight
A 2009 production of The Lover by The Lincoln Company Would-be comedians can put their writing or performing talents to the ultimate test - by joining one of the region’s most exciting new theatre companies on tour at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Lincoln Company, based at the University of Lincoln, is inviting local comic writers and performers to pitch original material for a brand new production which will debut at the world famous Fringe.

The show, called Bonus Material, is a series of sketches spoofing the ‘extra features’ which appear on DVDs. It is conceived and directed by Perrier-award winning comic, writer, actor and director Ben Keaton.

Ben is best known for his roles in Casualty and Father Ted and was the first ever winner of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Perrier Comedy Award. His most recent West End starring role was opposite Sienna Miller in As You Like It.

Ben and The Lincoln Company are looking for budding comedy writers and performers to get involved, either by submitting their ideas for sketches or auditioning for parts in the show. A series of workshops will be held this summer to test out material and develop a final version of Bonus Material ready to go on the road to Edinburgh in August.

Andy Jordan, Founding Producer of The Lincoln Company and Senior Lecturer in the University’s Lincoln School of Performing Arts, said: “A number of ideas for sketches are already being worked on but Bonus Material is still very much at the developmental stage. It’s completely open – if somebody comes forward with some good ideas, and they’re funny, then they will stand a very good chance of being included. The content of the show will continue to evolve right up until the first performance.”

Altogether, The Lincoln Company will take six productions to Edinburgh. The bill includes fresh interpretations of the classics Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, as well as three original productions – The Man Who Fell Out of Bed, Shadow Boxing and Down the Rabbit Hole.

This is the third year The Lincoln Company has performed at the Fringe. In its inaugural season in 2008, the company’s production of The Picture of Dorian Gray received the much sought-after accolade of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell Out and last year’s programme won acclaim from critics and audiences.

As in previous years, The Lincoln Company is inviting the region’s businesses to support their ambitious Fringe programme.

Companies can sponsor the whole 2010 season, individual productions or advertise in the company’s programme/brochure. Charitable donations can also be made. Businesses able to offer services which could support the tour are also invited to get in touch.

Writers and performers can find out more about submissions and auditions for Bonus Material by contacting Constantine Paul on

Businesses or individuals can discuss opportunities for sponsorship, advertising and charitable donations by contacting Andy Jordan on

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