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Actor returns to Stamford with hope of funding Edinburgh Fringe trip

Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson in The Man Who Would Be King EMN-140429-122056001

Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson in The Man Who Would Be King EMN-140429-122056001

An actor hopes his hometown will help him raise enough funds to allow him to take his latest play to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Former Stamford School pupil Christopher Birks hopes to perform The Man Who Would Be King to audiences in Edinburgh later this year.

Alongside fellow actor Dan Nicholson he will put on a special show at Stamford Corn Exchange on May 30. And Christopher hopes theatre lovers will help him achieve his Edinburgh dream.

He said: “I’m delighted to be returning to my home theatre, which was the inspiration for my career as an actor.”

The play is based on Rudyard Kipling’s debut novella. It tells the story of Peachy Callahan and Daniel Dravot; soldiers-for-hire amidst the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan. They will head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings.

Kipling wrote the story aged just 26. It was turned into a film starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine in 1975.

Christopher and Dan formed their production company Dawn State in 2012.

They need to raise £7,000 to take their play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, of which £2,000 will come from donations.

Visit www.sponsume.com/project/man-who-would-be-king-edinburgh-2014 to help.

 

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