Annual Fund support has enabled the LSESU Drama Society, The Revolving Shed, to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe, where they have appeared for the third time.
This year LSE’s talented dramatists performed Buoy, an East London based comedy, a total of 19 times at Edinburgh’s C Aquila venue, following performances of How To Catch A Rabbit in 2011 and Blake’s Doors in 2012.
While LSE may not be traditionally known for its performing arts, project leader Alexander Willett (BSc Social Policy & Administration 2013) believes its presence at the Fringe is growing impressively, and highlights how their experiences at the School helps feed into the creative process.
“The university’s presence at the festival now rivals other institutions that have had shows there for decades,” he said. “The originality of the company, in only presenting new writing informed by the debates presented whilst studying at LSE, has allowed it to be a formidable presence at the Fringe and a favourite amongst critics.”
The company’s name is homage to the theatrical roots of LSE founder George Bernard Shaw, and the mechanised shed he built in his garden, which rotated in pursuit of the sun and enabled him to pen over 60 plays.
Alexander feels that the Revolving Shed goes someway to addressing what he feels is a lack of arts-based opportunities on campus. “This is a unique way for LSE to showcase talents beyond academia on the world stage,” he said. “It is crucial that LSE is progressive and improves its arts reputation in the broader community, and this project has allowed LSE’s more creative students to truly express themselves in a valuable undertaking.”
Annual Fund support was used for booking the venue and accommodation, marketing and artwork, travel and the festival registration fee.
“This opportunity for promising writers, actors, directors and producers is an invaluable start to a career in theatre,” Alexander added. “Since graduating, individuals have gone on to gain professional acting contracts or produce shows at prominent Off-West End theatres – the experience gained with The Revolving Shed allowing them to stand out within a notoriously precarious industry.”