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Article in the Farnham Herald on 1st August, 2019

Frensham Heights students head to Edinburgh Fringe with their new play: the venture by the theatre group is the culmination of a year’s work

A group of students from Frensham Heights School will be treading the boards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from tomorrow (Friday, August 2nd/2019). Performances of their new play, Knock Knock, by the 17 youngsters will be the culmination of a year-long project with the school’s head of drama, Amanda Liddle. Written by the 16 to 18-year-olds with Amanda, the play centres around three groups of young people who are all awake in the middle of the night and receive a knock at the door.

“The name of the play may be the opening line to the world’s oldest joke,” said Amanda. “But certainly for these characters, the knock at the door is no laughing matter.” Described as a taut thriller, full of tension and suspense, the play is shot through with flashes of black humour. “I am so proud of them all,” said Amanda. “These students have made a year’s commitment to this. I may have written it with them, but they have full ownership of the development of the piece and they perform as a professional company, not as a school drama club. “It is a daunting prospect competing with professional full-time performers on an equal footing, when there are hundreds of shows on all at the same time.”

After a preview show at Frensham Heights on July 31st, the company of student players, known as bitter/sweet, will travel up to Scotland. The play will be run at The [email protected] Hall in Edinburgh between August 2 and 10. There are no performances on August 4. This is the fourth time students from Frensham Heights have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their last outing – in 2016 – was critically acclaimed.

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