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Budding Writers Awarded Scholarships to Present Their Show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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Two postgraduate Drama students are taking their own show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this summer, thanks to a £1,000 scholarship each from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel.

Ben Jeffreys, from Tewkesbury, and Chloe Morton, from Kidderminster, will have the exciting opportunity to present their play ‘SIBLINGS’ at the prestigious festival in August.

The play comprises two original pieces, called ‘Brothers’ and ‘Sisters’, both newly written by the talented dramatists.

Twenty-one-year-old Chloe, who decided to master her knowledge and skills after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Worcester last year, said: “We are highly honoured and delighted to receive the scholarships. It was incredible news and more than what I was hoping for.

“We are both incredibly grateful to the University for all the help we have received so far, but such generosity really made us ecstatic.”

The talented students have been offered a slot for a two-week, 11 show run to perform ‘SIBLINGS’ at C venues, a prime venue for new writing.

Ben, who is 39 years old and juggles part-time studies with his job as a local school teacher, has previously taken two productions to the festival.

He added: “This gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote the University as a centre for new writing and the development of theatre right at the heart of the world’s biggest arts festival.”

Preparations for the show began in the Spring, when both halves of the production were cast. Chloe explained: “Despite that the two parts have been written separately, they work well together. While ‘Brothers’ acts as a poignant tragedy, my part, ‘Sisters’, follows a slice of comic relief.

“Earlier this year we were lucky to find two extraordinary actors from Cambridge University, who we will be working with us throughout this journey, to ensure that ‘SIBLINGS’ really comes alive.”

Ben and Chloe aim to secure the strongest possible reviews at the festival and use them to launch a small local professional tour around Worcestershire and Gloucestershire next summer.

Chloe continued: “The Edinburgh goal that we are working towards is going to be seminal for me as a budding theatre writer and director. Building a show and a theatre company from nothing is a very exciting process, which becomes even more exciting when we have such confident backing from our University.”

Tickets for the show at the festival are on sale and can be purchased from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe box office. For ticket enquiries visit: https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/siblings

Students can apply to the University of Worcester scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, such as music or arts, or towards course-related activities.