Graduates Take on the Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is almost here and is once again set to be a hub of activity for Mountview graduates. If you’re making the journey up to Scotland make sure you check out some of the brilliant and varied work of our alumni.

We kick off our roundup at the many Greenside venues playing host to a number of different shows with Mountview interest. At Greenside @ Royal Terrace, a cast of a whopping TWELVE 2018 Musical Theatre graduates will perform Spring Awakening from 3 – 18 August at 6.15pm. The team worked on the show whilst second years at Mountview and are now staging it professionally. Over at Greenside @ Nicholson Square, Kirsty Geddes performs in Mess from 4 – 18 August at 5.15pm and at Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Simon Winterman’s Sudden Impulse Theatre Company stage The Maids from 3 – 18 August and Creative Producing graduate Tanya Agarwal produces Pig Circus from 13 – 18 August at 3.10pm.

Tanya is in for a busy month as she is also producing Love Songs at Underbelly Cowgate across the fringe at 2.40pm. Joining her at Underbelly is Maddie Rice, who performs her show Pickle Jar at 4.40pm, Sarah Kempton who is in CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation at 3.35pm and Ellie Claughton, who produces It’s True, It’s True, It’s True at 2.50pm. Ellie also produces Trojan Horse at Summerhall at 3.15pm where fellow graduate Anna Soden is in Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical at 10.15pm and Michael Patrick performs My Left Nut at 1.15pm.

At Pleasance Courtyard there is a showcase of new writing as Lucy Burke’s piece Weird will be performed by fellow graduate Amy Doyle at 1.45pm and Christopher York’s Build a Rocket is at 4.30pm, both throughout the three weeks. Joining them at Pleasance is Adam Small who directs and produces a new version of Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom at 12.30pm with his company Wild Child Productions, starring fellow alumni Scott Wallace, Rebecca Stanier and Aaron Douglas. Tom Hartwell has shows at both Pleasance venues, with the Big Bitesize Breakfast Show at Queen Dome and Neverwant at Courtyard Bunker One.

Mountview involvement continues across theSpace venues. At theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, Alex Howarth directs The Next Big Thing, which also stars James Ruskin, Cristal Cole and George Damms, from 3 – 25 August at 7.15pm. At the same venue, Daniel Glock and Thea Daljord appear in Sweeney Todd from 3 – 18 August and Simon David performs Virgin with Lauren Ronan from 3 – 25 August. At theSpace on North Bridge, Evangeline Dickson features in The Ladies Loo Chronicles from 3 – 18 August at 12.35pm and Harry Style’s show Liz is at 9.05pm.

At C Venues, Lewis Kennedy will be channelling Frank Sinatra in The Rat Pack Live at 8pm, Ellie Fitz-Gerald produces Timpson: The Musical at 5.10pm, current student Chantelle Dobbs is sound designer for Bark! The Musical at 5.25pm and Will Thompson-Brant appears in The Other Guys at 9.15pm, which has been lit by Senior Lighting Tutor Alex Cann. Over at sister venue C Aquila, Suzanna Walters is in Eat Me at 5.35pm.

Elsewhere, at Paradise at Augustines, Asa Haynes and Charlotte Dowding are in Eat Your Heart Out from 4 – 26 August at 4pm. At Assembly Rooms, Courtenay Johnson produces Baby Daddy from 2 – 13 August and Natalie Kimmerling is in Nine Foot Nine at 11.45am across the festival. At Assembly Checkpoint, Emma Lindars performs in John Partridge: Stripped at 6.30pm. As part of the Free Fringe, Niamh Watson performs Pulp Fiction: The One Woman Play at Toolbooth Market at 1pm, a show which started its life at Mountview. Slightly off the beaten track, Mark Rannoch performs in site-specific show A War of Two Halves at Tynecastle, home of Scottish football team Heart of Midlothian. Last but certainly not least, Andrew Bloomer is one half of sketch comedy duo Bread & Geller and Anna Nicholson performs her show Woman of the Year at Just the Tonic at the Caves.

Not only are many of our brilliant alumni in Edinburgh, some of our staff will be running FREE workshops at Fringe Central throughout the week of 13 August.

If you are at the Fringe this year and want us to shout about your show, get in touch at or tweet us @MountviewLDN.