Issue date: 20 August 2012
Three Sisters Bar, Cowgate Edinburgh
21 – 24 August 16:00 daily
The UWE Drama Society will take to the stage of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (21-24 August 2012) to perform Martin Crimp's experimental play Attempts on her life at The Three Sisters Bar, Cowgate.
Attempts on her life (1997) is considered modern playwright's Martin Crimp's best known work.
Shocking, dark and hilarious, this thought-provoking take on modern society challenges topical themes such as terrorism, pornography, advertising and domesticity through Anne, a character that exists in various different forms from the simplest little girl to abstract items like a car. Deliberately fragmented in its production, the audience are constantly challenged throughout.
For the UWE Drama Society, Edinburgh is the place to perform. This is the fourth time that they have performed at the Festival, but the first time that the 29 members of cast and crew have delivered an original play of this scale.
English student, Hannah Khan explains, “We're really excited about performing again at the Edinburgh Festival. There's an amazing atmosphere and there's real camaraderie amongst all the performers. We'll be up in Edinburgh from 19 August to drum up publicity for the show, it's great fun getting out in the streets to mix with the other festivalgoers. We decided on Attempts on her life because it's something completely different to anything we've done before. We enjoy performing it and we think the audience will enjoy it too as it really gets you thinking.”
The UWE Drama Society is the largest and most established of UWESU's 35 societies with over 95 members from a variety of courses, it was also recently voted Best Society.
Drama student, Natasha Garbutt adds, “I really love being part of the UWE Drama Society. We put on about five shows a year, but there's so much more to gain from it than just performing. I've found it a real confidence booster and it's a great way of developing your people and organisational skills. We also do lots of volunteering at hospitals, charities and local schools which is really rewarding. There's also a great social scene and I've made so many good friends through the society.”
There are a range of roles within The UWE Drama Society including opportunities to act, direct, produce, design sets, get involved in costume/make up and also within the committee management.
Interested in becoming a member? Watch the UWE Drama Society perform and find out more at the UWESU Freshers Fair on Friday 21 September.