Bradford School of Theater received ‘standing ovations’ at Edinburgh Fringe festival

Bradford School of Theater received ‘standing ovations’ at Edinburgh Fringe festival
Bradford School of Theater received ‘standing ovations’ at Edinburgh Fringe festival

PERFORMERS from a Bradford-based theater company received ‘standing ovations’ at the Edinburgh Fringe festival after performing five of their plays.

A group of actors, directors and a technical team from the Bloomin’ Buds theater company, based at the Rockwell Community Centre, Eccleshill, ventured into the Scottish capital on August 1 for a month after raising £30,000 during of the past year to pay for accommodation and to finance their projects.

Katie Mahon, owner of Bloomin’ Buds, said she was “so thrilled” the band were able to go because it’s the “best place to launch an artist’s career”.

She said: ‘Everyone knows The Fringe is the place to be seen so over the last 12 months the band have been fundraising to raise the funds to put it all together and we’ve been at it for the month last.

“We’ve had some really positive responses here. We got standing ovations, with many 5 and 4 star reviews.”

Prior to the event, English actor Sir Ian McKellen sent the band a letter wishing them luck at the event.

“We got the note and we were so excited. Sir McKellen was also going to the Fringe to perform in a play of Hamlet so we were keen to get there after that.

The band performed five pieces at the event; A Young Girl’s Guide to Madness – Writer and Actor – Charlotte Ellis, Director – Grace Wilkinson, Technician – Ellie Cansdale; A mighty fall from grace; Writer and Actor – Jake Thompson, Tech – Ellie Cansdale; Doll – Writer – Leah Hand, Cast – Leah Hand, Morgan Scriven, Lewis Frazer, Robert Blowman (Community Actor), Tech – Ellie Cansdale; Attributed -Writer – Georgina Jovanovic, Actors – Georgina Jovanovic, Bradley Patterson, Iona Wilkins, Tech – Ellie Cansdale; Broke Her -Writer – Luke Mosley, Actors – Jamie Phillips, Liam Duggan, Emily Lloyd, Tech: Iona Wilkins.

The Bloomin Bud theater group took over the Rockwell Community Center earlier this year and hopes to turn it into an arts center for the community.

“I come from a working class family and always wanted to make sure the arts were accessible to everyone, so when the Rockwell Community Center became available I just knew we had to take care of it,” said Katie added.

. School theater Bradford received ovations standing festival Edinburgh Fringe

. Bradford School Theater received standing ovations Edinburgh Fringe festival

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