Chichester College students in ‘Wonderland’ at Edinburgh Fringe

Written by Eleanor on 27th August 2019

Students from Chichester College took the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm this month, virtually selling out for their week-long run.

They performed ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Greenside at Nicholson Square – putting together a visually stunning show, with eye-catching costumes to bring the wonderfully weird world of Wonderland to life.

Stage management students were on hand to ensure everything – from lighting and sound to props and costumes – ran smoothly while performing arts students entertained the audiences.

The week proved to be fantastic opportunity for them to gain hands-on, real-life experience of putting on a show in a busy theatre at one of the biggest theatrical events in world.

Acting student Charlie Gratwick said: “To be able to go to one of the biggest acting festivals in the world is a very humbling and awe-inspiring experience.

“Everyone is there to share their passion for the arts and it’s amazing.”

Hannah Young, who completed her diploma in production arts in June, added: “Edinburgh was a dream.

“It was such a unique experience to come up with a brilliant company and put on an incredible show.”

And with packed shows each evening, the family-friendly show certainly seemed to delight audiences and cast members alike.

Charlie said: “Alice in Wonderland was a fantastic show to do and it gave me such a fun and professional experience of what it’s like to be a working actor in the industry, which I think is priceless.

“I savoured every little line and loved to see the smiling faces after the show. It’s what it’s all about.”

It was the third time Chichester College have taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following on from successful stints with The Jungle Book in 2018 and Jason and the Golden Fleece in 2017.

Andrew Green, Executive Principal at the Chichester College Group, produced the show and worked closely with students in Edinburgh. He said: “Every year the show gets bigger and better, and this really was our biggest year yet.

“Edinburgh Fringe is a really unique experience and you are competing with hundreds of other performers and productions, so it’s vitally important to get out every day and market the show – that’s what they did.

“They did a great job, they worked their socks off and created a real buzz in the streets when they were out and about and it showed in our ticket sales.

“To take a show to the other end of the country for Fringe and to sell out virtually every performance is amazing.

“I’m incredibly proud of them and of the staff who have supported them over the past few months, ensuring they could get the absolute most out of this fantastic opportunity.”