Vale youngsters to perform at Edinburgh Fringe

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Youngsters from across the Vale have been putting the final touches to the two theatre shows that they are taking to next month’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The 14 members of the Beacon Theatre Group, all aged 10-16, previewed The Lord of The Flies on Sunday at Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre – and are due to perform Kez this coming Sunday.

Rehearsal Lord of the Flies

Rehearsal Lord of the Flies

Past members of the theatre group have gone on to work for CBeebies and appear in West End touring shows.

Peter Bird, 48, of Winslow, director of the theatre group, said: “The purpose behind it is to give the children and young people a chance to perform in an environment that they are not used to performing in.

“I think they get confidence out of it and their self esteem grows, their communication skills develop and they develop friendships.

“They need discipline for learning lines and we attempt fairly challenging productions that the kids are likely to study in schools as well – hence Lord Of The Flies.”

The youngsters will perform in a total of 14 shows during next month’s Fringe.

Although they each appear in both shows, they only have a major part in one of the two shows.

The children will be accompanied by six adults.

Mr Bird had the idea to perform in Edinburgh seven years ago when he was teaching in Amersham.

He said: “We have always performed at a venue called Augustine’s. It’s actually a church for the rest of the year and its converted into four venues for the fringe.

“We love it because its very central, its just 100 yards from the Royal Mile.”

The group will perform Kes this Sunday at Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre at 3pm and 6.30pm.

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