UCL at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

29 July 2014

Talented members of UCLU will be among the thousands of performers taking to the stage at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

The world’s largest arts festival returns between 1 and 25 August, offering a huge programme that includes theatre, comedy, dance, music and more. 

Read on to find out more about UCL’s involvement in this year’s Fringe.


UCLU Comedy Club will bring two shows, in association with PBH’s Free Fringe:

Gower Rangers

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UCLU’s sketch troupe the Gower Line aim to build on the success of last year’s production Gower Hour with brand new material in the form of the acclaimed Gower Rangers.

Written, directed, produced and performed entirely by UCLU members, the Gower Line will present an hour of hilarious sketches at the Citrus Club.

The cast and crew’s third appearance at the Fringe follows a highly successful West End debut last year.

Dates  2–11, 13–18, 20–22 August 
Times  7:45pm
Venue  Citrus Club

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This Slate Is Intentionally Left Blank

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The Blank Slates, UCLU’s entertaining improvisation team, present an hour of fast-paced sketches as suggested by audience members in This Slate Is Intentionally Left Blank.

One of the most popular performance groups among UCL audiences, the Blank Slates will return to Edinburgh on the back of a crowd-pleasing run at last year’s festival.

This Slate Is Intentionally Left Blank features a cast and production crew made up entirely of UCLU members.

Dates  2–11, 13–18, 20–23 August 
Times  1:10pm
Venue  Chiquito

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UCLU Drama Society will be performing three productions:

Fearnot Wood

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Popular drama group UCLU Runaground return to the Fringe with black comedy Fearnot Wood, a thrilling story of guilt and vengeance centred on the famous Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

An original work, written and directed by UCL graduate Rob Thomson, Fearnot Wood follows Garth, a young man returning to his childhood home after a five-year absence. As Garth attempts to adjust to the changes that have taken place while he was away, a shadow of the past comes calling, hell-bent on revenge.

To find out more about the show, visit the Fearnot Wood website.

Dates  31 July, 1–11, 13–17 August 
Times  3:20pm
Venue  Just the Tonic at The Mash House

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The Duchess of Malfi

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Drawing on the overwhelmingly positive response to their interpretation of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge last year, UCLU Runaground presents an original version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.

Chilling and compelling, the iconic tragedy explores the triangular relationship between the Duchess, her husband Antonio and her brother Ferdinand. Both men love the Duchess, though in different ways, and conflict arises as they fight for domination.

UCLU Runaground’s adaptation promises spine-tingling drama in an innovative, turbulent and terrifying spirit.

Dates  30–31 July, 1–16 August 
Times  12:45pm
Venue  C venues - C nova

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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

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Exploring thought-provoking themes of identity and belonging, UCLU Runaground’s third production is an award-winning dark comedy written by Fin Kennedy.

Trapped in a life that he finds endlessly repetitive and unsatisfying, Charlie Hunt attempts to break free of his chains by adopting a new name and face – can he find the happiness that he craves? Or is he doomed to make the same mistakes and be denied a fresh start?

To find out more about the show, visit the How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found website.

Dates  1–16 August 
Times  12:55pm
Venue  ZOO

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Finally, UCLU comedy group the Cheese Grater Magazine Society will present a brand new play:

Our Jackie

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Following on from the success of sketch show Crab Salad at last year’s Fringe, sketch group UCL Graters return to Edinburgh for the third time with Our Jackie, a comedy play about the death of a seventies sitcom legend.

An entirely new piece of comedy, this is the first time that the UCL Graters will be taking a play rather than a sketch show to the Fringe.

To find out more about the group, visit the UCL Graters webpage.

Dates  31 July, 1–25 August 
Times  4:00pm
Venue  Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall

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If you’re interested in seeing these, or any of the other performances taking place at the Fringe, visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

To find out more about the range of UCLU clubs and societies on offer and how you can join, go to the dedicated UCLU website.