Teenagers take Romeo and Juliet play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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teenagers are taking their adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Members of the Handstitched Theatre Company will give two performance at the Space @ Venue 45 during the prestigious arts event next month.

The company was set up by a group of former Rutland College students two years ago including Richard Hodgson, of Brooke Road, Oakham, who is co-directing the production, along with Rutland County College teacher Abigail Richardson.

She said: “Everyone is really excited to get the chance to go to Edinburgh, especially those who have never been before.

“Unfortunately we can only do two performances due to a lack of funding, but it will be a great experience for everyone involved.”

The 70-minute show features music by Rachel Branston, who leads the Clarion Young Singers in Oakham.

It was previewed at Rutland County College where Alex Mulvey and Ben Hinton wowed the audience with their performance as the title characters.

To take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the cast have raised about £1,000 to pay for their transport, accommodation and theatre rent but are still looking for a sponsor to cover insurance costs and to allow the company to continue its work for another year.

They will also be looking for new recruits as founding members Richard and his friend Nick Mulvey will be leaving to start courses at drama school in September.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the company can contact Abigail Richardson on 07859 027341.